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J Pediatr. 2005 Jul;147(1):109-11.

Higher prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in mothers of rachitic than nonrachitic children.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emiirates. Adekunle.Dawodu@cchmc.org


Vitamin D deficiency [serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D <25 nmol/L (<10 ng/mL)] was identified in 92% of rachitic Arab children and 97% of their mothers compared with 22% of nonrachitic children and 52% of their mothers. There was a positive correlation between maternal and child vitamin D levels. We conclude that mothers of rachitic children should be investigated and treated for vitamin D deficiency.

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