WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Higher doses of vitamin D can improve the bone health of premature babies, fresh research suggests.
“We are hopeful in which neonatologists will consider giving preterm infants 800 IUs [International Units],” said study author Dr. Ann Anderson Berry. She will be medical director of the NICU Nebraska Medicine, the clinical partner of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
“We know in which even with standard vitamin D dosing, we were still seeing a fair number of preterm infants who suffered by impaired bone health. This particular will be another form of NICU [neonatal intensive care] therapy in which can help decrease in which risk,” she said in a Nebraska news Discharge.
Premature as well as preterm infants are already routinely given vitamin D to help prevent weak bones as well as additional conditions related to vitamin D deficiency, such as rickets. Dosages vary, however, as well as many infants still develop bone-related health issues.
To see if there will be an optimal dose for protecting bone health, scientists at the University of Nebraska Medical Center looked at alterations in vitamin D inside blood of 32 premature babies over the course of four weeks. The babies, who were born at between 24 as well as 32 weeks of pregnancy, were given either 400 or 800 IU/day of vitamin D.
After four weeks, the babies’ bone density increased as well as they had greater levels of vitamin D in their blood. Their growth also increased, the study found.
The study authors said they also found in which doubling the typical dose of Vitamin D by 400 to 800 IUs could reduce the number of premature infants with extremely low bone density.
The findings were published recently inside journal PLOS ONE.
— Mary Elizabeth Dallas
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SOURCE: University of Nebraska Medical Center, news Discharge, Oct. 11, 2017
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