/Why are infants given vitamin D?

Why are infants given vitamin D?

A 10-day-old infant died on December 21 after receiving a dose of vitamin D. He began to suffocate and then went into cardio-respiratory arrest. For now, the exact causes of death are unknown. Health authorities are investigating Uvesterol D, the drug given to infants and placed under surveillance since 2006.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Uvesterol D is a very common vitamin D-based drug, produced by the French laboratory Crinex. It is in liquid form, in a vial from which the dose to be administered is extracted using a pipette. It is prescribed to infants from birth to 5 years old to promote their growth.

Pediatrician Robert Cohen explains: “Vitamin D is not a real vitamin. It is a hormone normally produced by the skin in contact with the sun. It allows better absorption of calcium and better fixation of calcium in the bone. A child from birth to one year on average gains 6 kilos and grows 24 cm. His bones need a lot of calcium that will have to be fixed. ”

What are the risks of a lack of vitamin D?

For treatment to be effective, it is recommended that babies receive this vitamin D daily until they are 18 months old. In case of deficiency, there is a risk of rickets. “Bones don’t build normally. They are more fragile. In addition, it is accompanied by hypocalcemia, ie lack of calcium in the blood which can itself have deleterious consequences ” says Dr. Robert Cohen. According to him, the benefit / risk ratio is largely in favor of supplementation with vitamin D.

According to French recommendations, up to the age of 5, children should take regular doses of vitamin D. This is also the case in adolescence, 10 and 18 years old, to promote good bone growth and prevent osteoporosis in adulthood.

It is also often prescribed for adults, especially pregnant or breastfeeding women, the elderly, those with little exposure to the sun, and those with highly pigmented skin.