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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Family Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Tom Colletti

Abstract

Vitamin D is a vital nutrient to the human body and often overlooked as a prevalent deficiency worldwide. Infant vitamin D deficiency remains a worldwide public health crisis due to inadequate consistent supplementation with breastfed infants and lactating mothers. Inefficient patient education on the deficiency prevalence and improper patient compliance have contributed to this deficiency crisis. This article reviews the absorption propensity of vitamin D, infant health consequences with deficiency, clinical supplementation recommendations, and compliance with the most effective supplemental methods to prevent this ongoing vitamin deficiency.

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