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An Pediatr (Barc). 2012 Jul;77(1):57.e1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.anpedi.2011.11.024. Epub 2012 Feb 14.

[Recommended intake of calcium and vitamin D: positioning of the Nutrition Committee of the AEP].

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  • 1Servicio de Salud del Principado de Asturias, Centro de Salud El Llano, Gijón, España.


Both calcium and vitamin D are essential nutrients with a crucial role in bone health, although in recent years there has been much controversy about the contributions required from both molecules to ensure adequate health. For vitamin D, in a short time, we have seen how it has gone from a recommendation of 400 IU daily, to 200 IU and again to 400 IU, with some statements that not only its influence on skeletal tissue has been taken into account, but also on the development of chronic diseases, which has led to new expectations. Our goal is to provide an update to paediatricians on this issue and propose recommendations for intake in the light of the latest information. For vitamin D the Committee proposes an intake of 400 IU/day in children under 1 year and 600 IU/day after that age.

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