London, Dec 13 (ANI): A coroner has called for all pregnant and breastfeeding women to take Vitamin D, for their health and that of their children.
Andrew Walker wrote to the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley after the inquest into the death of a three-month-old boy of Indian origin.
In his letter the coroner said that the boy, Milind Agarwal, was taken to the doctor in July with symptoms of a probable viral infection.
Later, the baby died from septic inflammation of the heart against a background of an abnormal aortic heart valve.
A consultant paediatric pathologist told the coroner’s court that vitamin D deficiency played a role in progression of the infection and suggested all pregnant and breastfeeding women be prescribed vitamin D daily.
In his letter, Mr Walker told Mr Lansley that consideration should be given ‘to increasing public awareness of vitamin D deficiency’, the Telegraph reported.
In particular all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should receive 10mcg of Vitamin D every day, he said.
Research has previously found that pregnant women and those trying to conceive are lacking vitamin D.
Vitamin D is found in small quantities in a few foods such as oily fish, eggs and liver, and in fortified foods such as margarine, breakfast cereals and powdered milk.
But pregnant women are advised to avoid liver and liver products, raw or under-cooked eggs and to limit their intake of certain fish such as tuna. (ANI)