As researchers and parenting groups continue to measure the effectiveness of recent guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a team of researchers in England are honing in on another possible risk factor — vitamin D deficiency.
Pediatric pathologists Irene Scheimberg, from the Royal London Hospital, and Marta Cohen, from Sheffield Children’s Hospital, found that one in four youngsters may lack vitamin D, the Daily Mail reports.
It’s a finding they say could explain a series of infant deaths originally thought to be the result of parental abuse.
We used to think that Vitamin D was only related to bone disease. But the increasing evidence points to a series of diseases and syndromes that may be caused or precipitated by Vitamin D.
1) Various forms of cancers such as: Breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon and others. Many used to be worried about being exposed to the sun too much because of the relation of sun rays with skin cancer. But we are causing more damage to our bodies and more serious forms of cancers due to lack of vitamin acquired by sun exposure.
2) Autoimmune diseases including Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Idiopthathic or Immune Thrombocytopenia can all be aggravated and precipated by a Vitamin D Deficiency
3) Trouble with inflammatory processes in the body that cause generalized muscle pains especially in the morning can be provoked by a lack of Vitamin D.
4) Severe deficiency in vitamin D in infants causes Rickets which is a disease that can cause bones to break easily. Many cases of “child abuse” in infants were actually determined to be the result of rickets causing bones to fracture easily in these poor babies. An investigation has led to believe that 75% of SIDS infants were actually suffering from vitamin D deficiency rickets.