Tuesday 06 February 2018
Monash Health paediatric endocrinologist Dr Jacky Hewitt is leading an awareness campaign around the effects of vitamin D deficiency in Australian infants, following recent findings.
Babies can develop vitamin D deficiency from their mother, and it can continue while they are breastfed, as breast milk, despite its many benefits, is low in vitamin D. The problem is thought to affect around 1 in 10 infants in Australia.
Dr Hewitt is urging new mums to be aware of the risks, and to speak to their doctor if they think their baby may be susceptible to developing vitamin D deficiency.
Dr Jacky Hewitt, Monash Health paediatric endocrinologist.