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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ABSORPTION AND METABOLISM OF ESSENTIAL MINERAL NUTRIENTS IN CHILDREN

Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: What are the risks and benefits to increasing dietary bone minerals and vitamin D intake in infants and small children?

Author
item Abrams, Steven -

Submitted to: Annual Review of Nutrition
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: March 1, 2011
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
Citation: Abrams, S.A. 2011. What are the risks and benefits to increasing dietary bone minerals and vitamin D intake in infants and small children?. Annual Review of Nutrition. 31:285-297.

Technical Abstract: Bone minerals and vitamin D are crucial for infants and small children. Human milk has little vitamin D, and supplemental vitamin D must be given to all infants either via drops or as contained in infant formula or foods. The calcium and phosphorus in human milk are adequate for infants in the first six months of life, with supplemental minerals coming from weaning foods after six months. Long-term benefits to providing bone minerals at greater levels than in human milk have not been shown. There is no evidence to support high-dose bone mineral supplementation or high-dose vitamin D supplementation in infancy, and controlled trials are needed before these can be advocated.

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