Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2013;83(4):232-7. doi: 10.1024/0300-9831/a000165.
Ataseven F1, Aygün C2, Okuyucu A3, Bedir A4, Kücük Y5, Kücüködük S2.
Previous studies have shown the relationship between in utero lung development and vitamin D [25(OH)D], but there have been no studies to investigate whether vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in preterm babies.
In this study, we investigated if 25(OH)D deficiency is a risk factor for RDS.
One hundred fifty-two preterm newborns, born at 29 - 35 weeks gestational age, were included in the study following informed consent from the parents. Peripheral blood samples were collected within the first 24 hours of life and 25(OH)D levels were measured by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Demographic characteristics of the babies and the diagnosis of RDS were recorded.
- In 64 % of preterm infants, 25(OH)D levels were compatible with severe deficiency (≤ 10 ng/mL),
- 33 % with moderate deficiency (10 - 20 ng/mL), and
- 3 % with mild deficiency (20 - 30 ng/mL).
In none of the babies was a normal 25(OH)D level observed. Serum 25(OH)D levels were not correlated with gestational age. Respiratory distress syndrome was more common in preterm babies with severe (28 %) compared to mild-moderate 25(OH)D deficiency (14 %) (p < 0.05).
None of the preterm infants in this study had normal vitamin D level, which underlined the burden of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women and their offspring. RDS was more common in severely vitamin D-deficient preterms. Determination of vitamin D status of the mothers and appropriate supplementation might be a valuable strategy to reduce RDS, in addition to antenatal steroids. Besides, since vitamin D is a regulatory factor in many organs during fetal development, long-term effects of in utero vitamin D deficiency warrant further studies.
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- Childhood Asthma somewhat reduced by 2400 IU vitamin D late in pregnancy (néed more, earlier) March 2019
- Respiratory Distress Syndrome in preemies 5 X more likely if poor vitamin D receptor – Feb 2019
- Black infant recurrent wheezing rate dropped from 42 percent to 31 percent with just 400 IU of vitamin D – RCT Dec 2018
- Asthma in child 2.3 X more likely if both parents asthmatic (unless add Vitamin D) – VDAART Nov 2018
- Immature lungs in immature newborns – Vitamin D helps – Sept 2018
- Bronchiolitis had 1.3 X longer hospitalization if low Vitamin D (1016 infants) – Sept 2018
- Pneumonia in Egyptian Children 3.6 X more likely if poor Vitamin D Receptor – Aug 2018
- Childhood pneumonia not treated by 100,000 IU of vitamin D – Cochrane (need more, inhaled) – July 2018
- Pneumonia is increasing (now 1 in 6 child deaths), more vitamin D studies needed – June 2018
- Childhood Respiratory Health hardly improved with 600 IU of vitamin D (need much more) – May 2018
- Indoor pollution is a problem with obese black asthmatic children – May 2018
- Both parents smoke – child’s vitamin D level was 30 percent lower and worse asthma – May 2018
- Influenza -A infections half as often in children getting 1200 IU of vitamin D – RCT Jan 2018
- Rapid newborn breathing (transient tachypnea) associated with low vitamin D – Dec 2017
- Premature infants with poor lungs (Respiratory distress syndrome) have low levels of vitamin D – Nov 2017
- Risk of infant Asthma cut in half if mother supplemented Vitamin D to get more than 30 ng – RCT Oct 2017
- Respiratory infection in infant was 7 X more likely if low cord Vitamin D – March 2017
- Viral Pneumonia in children 52 X more-likely if very low vitamin D (trend) – June 2017
- Childhood asthma problems eliminated for months by 600,000 IU of Vitamin D – June 2017
- Childhood allergy, asthma and eczema associated with repeated low vitamin D tests – Oct 2016
- Childhood asthma about 1.3 times more likely if poor Vitamin D Receptor – meta-analysis Aug 2016
- Five times less mite allergy when vitamin D added in mid pregnancy and to infant – RCT April 2016
- Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) risk reduced 20 percent for each 100 IU of vitamin D during early pregnancy – Feb 2016
- Asthma in 3 year olds decreased somewhat with 4,000 IU during pregnancy – RCT Jan 2016
- Respiratory tract infections in childhood – vitamin D is needed, no consensus of how much – Oct 2015
- RSV (bronchitis and viral pneumonia) in infants associated with low vitamin D and antibiotics – Aug 2015
- Respiratory distress after preterm birth is more likely if low vitamin D – review April 2015
- All preemies with Chronic Lung Disease had low vitamin D levels– July 2015
- Low dose Vitamin D during pregnancy and infancy results in strange acute respiratory infection response – April 2015
- Newborn acute lower respiratory tract infection associated with low maternal vitamin D – March 2015
- Low vitamin D during pregnancy associated with four health problems in children – Jan 2015
- Low vitamin D at birth associated with later milk sensitization, allergic rhinitis and asthma – Nov 2014
- Acute Lower Respiratory Infections in Children - associated with low vitamin D – meta-analysis Dec 2014
- Respiratory Tract visits 2.5 less likely with vitamin D: Pregnancy 2000 IU, Infant 800 IU – RCT Oct 2014
- No premie had even 30 ng of vitamin D, lower D associated with more Respiratory Distress – Aug 2013
- Asthma is not treated by weekly 14,000 IU of vitamin D (proven yet again) July 2014
- 2000 IU of vitamin D should improve toddlers health in winter – RCT almost completed Feb 2014
- More Hypertension in obese children with low vitamin D, especially at night – Dec 2013
- Largest cause of infant deaths is respiratory infections, which is associated with low vitamin D – April 2011
- Vitamin D Deficiency is a Strong Predictor (4X) of Asthma in Children – Oct 2012
- Acute lower respiratory infection 5X more frequent with low vitamin D intake – June 2012
- Recurrence of child pneumonia delayed by 100000 IU of vitamin D – RCT Oct 2010
- Vitamin D Genes associated with Childhood Asthma And Lung Function - April 2012
- Allergy - Overview
- Severe asthma children 31X more likely to develop chronic obstructive lung disease -May 2010