Management of vitamin D deficiency in childhood and adolescence
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Management of vitamin D deficiency in childhood and adolescence

Pauline Musson Clinical nurse specialist in paediatric endocrinology, Southampton Children’s Hospital
Jacqueline Collin Lecturer, King’s College London

There are some children and young people who will need specialist management for vitamin D deficiency in paediatric endocrine services. However, health problems caused by vitamin D deficiency are generally preventable, hence the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommendations for the provision of NHS Healthy Start vitamins to be available to all pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five years of age. All health professionals, not just specialist services, need to be confident in their knowledge and understanding of the importance of vitamin D in normal growth and development to enable early identification of children and young people at risk who are in need of early intervention and education.

Nursing Children and Young People. 27, 9,27-36. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.9.27.s24

Correspondence

jaqueline.collin@kcl.ac.uk

Peer review

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 13 March 2015

Accepted: 02 July 2015