Vitamin D supplementation protects newborns: study

Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy helps prevent deficiency in newborns, an Australian study has found.

Around 78 pregnant women were randomised to receive oral vitamin D supplementation of 2000-4000 IU cholecalciferol daily until delivery or no supplementation.

Most babies born to women given the supplements satisfied the current Australian guidelines for vitamin D sufficiency of >50nmol/l, but very few born to the control group achieved this level, the University of Melbourne researchers write.

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