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Breastfeeding mums 'must' take vitamin D

Jane Kirby in London

Published 13/12/2011 | 05:00

A CORONER in Britain has written to the country's health secretary calling for all pregnant women and those who breastfeed to take vitamin D.

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North London coroner Andrew Walker said action should be taken to reduce the risk to others after he held an inquest last week into the death of a three-month-old boy following an infection.

In his letter to Andrew Lansley, Mr Walker said Milind Agarwal was taken to the doctor in July with symptoms of a probable viral infection. A consultant paediatric pathologist told the coroner's court a vitamin D deficiency had a role in the progression of Milind's infection and suggested that all pregnant and breastfeeding women be prescribed 10mcg of vitamin D every day.

In 2009, experts warned a lack of vitamin D in pregnancy could lead to a youngster suffering rickets and longer-term problems such as schizophrenia and Type 1 diabetes. While many people can get vitamin D from sunshine, those living in cooler countries may not be getting enough. The vitamin is found in small quantities in a few foods such as oily fish, eggs and liver.

Mr Walker told Mr Lansley consideration should be given "to increasing public awareness of vitamin D deficiency".

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