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Vitamin D for pregnant women and babies -- how much is enough?

BOSTON Women who do not receive enough vitamin D during pregnancy and lactation can experience serious health problems for themselves and their baby, but health experts offer conflicting advice on what constitutes a safe amount. The latest research on vitamin D will be discussed during a topic symposium at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. ET in Room 310 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

The session, "Vitamin D During Pregnancy and Lactation: Do Mother and Baby Need Screening for Deficiency or High-Dose Supplementation?" will discuss the consequences of low vitamin D in infants and pregnant women, and the recommendations for screening for prevention of vitamin D deficiency, including costs associated with high-dose supplementation. The session will also review the current literature and science and position papers related to vitamin D intake.

"We are looking forward to focusing on the evidence behind vitamin D requirements and how we can resolve the controversies surrounding vitamin D requirements with this session," said symposium chair, Steven A. Abrams, MD. "This is a significant issue in the field of pediatrics, and the PAS meeting provides an ideal venue to have an open discussion with health experts."

The session will take place 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. ET and include:

10:30 AM - Vitamin D in Pregnancy and Lactation: Who Says What and Why Don't Any Organizations Agree?
Steven A. Abrams, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

10:45 AM - Vitamin D during Pregnancy and Lactation: What Should We Recommend and Why?
Christopher S. Kovacs, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada

11:10 AM - Vitamin D: How Much Is Safe for Infants and What Happens When Babies Get Too Much or Too Little?
Thomas O. Carpenter, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

11:35 AM - Screening and Intervention Strategies for Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants
Catherine M. Gordon, Children's Hospital of Boston, Boston, MA

12:00 PM - Where Do We Go from Here? How Do We Resolve Conflicts over Vitamin D Recommendations during Pregnancy, Lactation and in Infants?
Steven A. Abrams, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

12:15 PM - Discussion


Contact: Susan Stevens Martin
American Academy of Pediatrics

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