Vitamin D Deficiency in Children
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Complications and Prognosis
Screening and Prevention
Vitamin D replacement therapy on a daily or weekly regimen is appropriate for all cases of vitamin D deficiency r7
Routine screening for vitamin D deficiency is not recommended in healthy children r22r47
Some recommend screening children at risk of vitamin D deficiency; however, the American Academy of Pediatrics report on Optimizing Bone Health in Children and Adolescents advises screening for vitamin D deficiency only in patients with disorders associated with low bone mass such as rickets and/or a history of recurrent, low-trauma fractures r7r30
UK's National Osteoporosis Society (now Royal Osteoporosis Society) recommends routine vitamin D supplementation in children at risk for vitamin D deficiency rather than screening with 25-hydroxyvitamin D measurements r5c102
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