How Much Vitamin D do Children Need? | Harriet Hirschler

Q. How much vitamin D do children need – are we now covering them up from the sun too much? Sarah, Wiltshire

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Parental fears over skin cancer combined with the temptations of computer and TV screens mean that more modern children are being kept indoors than ever before. No wonder, say some experts that far from getting too much sun exposure, we are all simply not getting enough. This means vitamin D deficiency diseases such as childhood rickets, are making a reappearance.

A report in the London Journal of Primary Care in 2010 specifically blamed indoor lifestyles and the use…

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