Vitamin D May Prevent Serious Respiratory Disease in Newborns


Dutch researchers have discovered that if pregnant women take a vitamin D supplement it could very possibly prevent RSV a serious and life threatening respiratory disease that some newborns are at risk for. RSV can cause pneumonia and other serious respiratory diseases.

Vitamin D May Significantly Lower Risk of RSV

Vitamin D plays a significant role in the development of an unborn babies immune system and respiratory system. If mom takes a vitamin D supplement, it will improve the respiratory and immune systems develop. During a study in the Netherlands, researchers studied one hundred and fifty-six newborns they discovered that fifty-four percent of the newborns had a vitamin D deficiency and of that fifty-four percent twelve percent of the newborns developed RSV within their first year of life.


Vitamin D is one of the vitamins in prenatal vitamins and all pregnant women should take prenatal vitamins they are strongly recommended by doctors. This article is not to imply that women should take an additional vitamin D supplement but should certainly take the prenatal vitamins. If extra vitamin D is needed the woman’s doctor will let her know and if she has concerns she should ask her doctor before taking additional vitamin D supplements.


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