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Vitamin D May Prevent Serious Respiratory Disease in Newborns
Date:5/10/2011

gnificant lung disease of infancy is RSV. The bad news about this disease is that quite a few infants who have had RSV infection will develop an asthma-like disease, which can affect their entire childhood," he added.

Colin thinks vitamin D may very well prevent RSV. "If, indeed, boosting the vitamin D in the mothers is going to end up with high vitamin D in babies [and] is going to make a difference, I think it's huge," he said.

This concept needs to be tested, Colin said, but added that he thinks it is fine for pregnant women to take supplemental vitamin D now. "I can't see the downside," he said.

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For more information on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Louis Bont, M.D., Ph.D., department of pediatric infectious diseases, Wilhelmina Children's Hospital, University Medical Center, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Andrew Colin, M.D., professor and director, division of pediatric pulmonology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; May 9, 2011, Pediatrics, online


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