Management of Vitamin D Insufficiency in Young Children in the Russian Federation
Journal of US-China Medical Science 14 (2017) 192-202 doi: 10.17265/1548-6648/2017.05.002
Clinical trial of Vitamin D supplementation of Russin children at a variety of latitudes
Goal to get ALL children >30 ng seemed to get most >40 ng
see Perhaps half of Russian children have rickets, 500 IU vitamin D was not enough – June 2013
Doseage was based on how deficient each child was to start with
500 IU was inadequate
Interestingly, almost half of children who needed only 1,000 IU actually got a DECREASE in vitamin D levels
The study did not enroll those with mal-absorption problems nor rickets
Strangely the trial lasted for only 1 month. but often times a vitamin D level may not plateau until 6 months
See also VitaminDWiki
- Children getting 60,000 IU monthly got to vitamin D level of 33 ng – Sept 2015
- Third study found that Infants needed 1600 IU of vitamin D – JAMA RCT May 2013
- Perhaps half of Russian children have rickets, 500 IU vitamin D was not enough – June 2013
Infant-Child category starts with
- No consensus on MINIMUM International Units (IU) for healthy infant of normal weight
- 400 IU Vitamin D is no longer enough
Was OK in the past century, but D levels have been dropping for a great many reasons.
FDA doubles the amount of vitamin D permitted in milk – July 2016
- No consensus: range is 600 to 1600 IU – based on many randomized controlled trials
- Review of 400 IU to 2000 IU daily and higher if non-daily
- Fewer pre-infants were vitamin D deficient when they got 800 IU – RCT Feb 2014
- 1600 IU was the conclusion of three JAMA studies
1000 IU recommended in France and Finland – 2013 - appears to be a good level
- 5X less mite allergy after add vitamin D
- Child bone fractures with low vitamin D were 55X more likely to need surgery
- 75 % of SIDS had low vitamin D
- Children stayed in ICU 3.5 days longer if low vitamin D – Dec 2015
- 5 out of 6 children who died in pediatric critical care unit had low vitamin D – May 2014
- Infants have gotten free 400 IU of vitamin D in Turkey since 2005, More for longer would be even better – Feb 2022
- Preemies should have vitamin D supplements – reaching an agreement – April 2021
- Vitamin D loading dose was as effective as daily dosing (rickets in this case) – RCT July 2021
Having a good level of vitamin D cuts in half the amount of:
- Asthma, Chronic illness, Doctor visits, Allergies, infection
Respiratory Tract Infection, Growing pains, Bed wetting
Need even more IUs of vitamin D to get a good level if;
- Have little vitamin D: premie, twin, mother did not get much sun access
- Get little vitamin D: dark skin, little access to sun
- Vitamin D is consumed faster than normal due to sickness
- Older (need at least 100 IU/kilogram, far more if obese)
- Not get any vitamin D from formula (breast fed) or (fortified) milk
Note – formula does not even provide 400 IU of vitamin D daily
Infants-Children need Vitamin D
- Sun is great – well known for 1,000’s of years.
US govt (1934) even said infants should be out in the sun
- One country recommended 2,000 IU daily for decades – with no known problems
- As with adults, infants and children can have loading doses and rarely need tests
- Daily dose appears to be best, but monthly seems OK
- Vitamin D is typically given to infants in the form of drops
big difference in taste between brands
can also use water-soluable form of vitamin D in milk, food, juice,
- Infants have evolved to get a big boost of vitamin D immediately after birth
Colostrum has 3X more vitamin D than breast milk - provided the mother has any vitamin D to spare
- 100 IU per kg of infant July 2011, Poland etc.
More than 100 IU/kg is probably better
779 items in the category Infant/Child See also
- 34 pages in VitaminDWiki had BREASTFE*in title as of Jan 2022
- "BIRTH DEFECTS" 172 items as of July 2016
- Stunting OR “low birth weight” OR LBW OR preemie OR preemies OR preterm 1940 items as of Oct 2018
- 96 VitaminDWiki pages contained PRETERM or PREEMIE in title as of Aug 2021
- "SUDDEN INFANT DEATH" OR SIDS 214 items as of Dec 2020
- Overview of Rickets and Vitamin D
- Youth category listing has
170 items along with related searches
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Irina Zakharova1, Leonid. Klimov2, Stanislav Maltsev3, Svetlana Malyavskaya4, Olga Gromova5, Victoria Kuryaninova2, Svetlana Dolbnya2, Anastasia Yagupova2, Anna Kasyanova2, Ekaterina Solovyeva1 and Ekaterina Koroleva6
The paper presents the results of a multicenter study assessing efficacy and safety of a course-based regimen for hypovitaminosis D management in children under the age of three years. A dose of cholecalciferol was prescribed to children differentially, based on the baseline 25(OH)D levels. The dependence of the baseline vitamin D levels on the pre-test administration of cholecalciferol has been demonstrated. A high efficacy of the proposed management regimen in children, starting from the first 6 months of life, allows to widely recommend it in outpatient clinical practice. The level of calcidiol in children following one-month administration of 1000 to 4000 IU/day increased from 23.7 ng/ml to 45.5 ng/ml (P < 0.001), and the frequency of normal levels increased from 33.3% to 74.5 % (P < 0.001). The median increase in calcidiol levels following the one-month course of 1000 IU/day, 2000 IU/day, 3000 IU/day, and 4000 IU/day was 2.9 ng/ml, 22.3 ng/ml, 22.6 ng/ml, and 32.0 ng/ml, respectively. An increase in 25(OH)D levels closely correlates with the daily dose of cholecalciferol (r = 0.504, P < 0.001). The regimen proposed by the authors demonstrated, along with the efficacy, a high safety profile, the threshold limit of 100 ng/ml being exceeded only in 3.9% of children.
Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized as one of the most important issues affecting the population health and is extensively investigated by specialists around the world [1-3]. The Russian pediatric school traditionally paid great attention to vitamin D research throughout the XX century, developing a sufficiently effective and time-tested concept of prevention and treatment of rickets. At the same time, over the past 20 years, there has been a revolution in the notion of the so-called “noncalcemic” effects of vitamin D, which play an important role in the prevention of acute and chronic infectious and non-infectious human diseases [3-9].
The need to monitor levels of 25(OH)D from an early age in children is recognized in many countries.
Universal criteria for children and adults have been developed for vitamin D levels [5, 10, 11].
From the prenatal period, vitamin D plays a significant role in reducing the risk of abnormal pregnancy and its complications. A close relationship between the levels of 25(OH)D in the blood of pregnant women and umbilical blood of a newborn, effects of unfavorable antenatal history on a significant decline in vitamin D levels in children within the first months of life and the absence of a vitamin D depot has been proven [12-14].
In recent years, in various regions of Russia, changes in vitamin D levels in infants, the relationship between the feeding pattern and the risk of hypovitaminosis D have been analyzed in detail. This provided the evidence for the need in an increase in the prophylactic dose and advisability of year-round administration of cholecalciferol products to children throughout the Russian Federation [12-20].
Nevertheless, given the relatively low efficacy of prophylaxis of hypovitaminosis D, the issue of implementing effective and safe strategies for management of vitamin D deficiency in various populations remains relevant. National, continental consensus and practical recommendations for prevention of hypovitaminosis D have been adopted and are implemented in North American (USA, Canada) and European countries [11, 22-27].
In accordance with the recommendations for prevention and treatment of vitamin D deficiency in Central Europe, the duration of the treatment course can be from 1 to 3 months, depending on the severity of hypovitaminosis D. The monitoring of 25(OH)D levels is recommended 3-4 months after the end of administration of therapeutic doses, and then once every six months, especially if there are risk factors. In cases of severe deficiency, it is also advisable to monitor calcium levels, phosphate concentrations, and activity of alkaline phosphatase and calciuria levels .
The practice of prescribing vitamin D by Russian pediatricians for the prevention of rickets using cholecalciferol products, as a rule, only during the first year of life—in the age that is most vulnerable to the formation of bone deformities—undoubtedly results in a visible effect on the musculoskeletal system; however, the effect is only temporary, associated with the so-called calcemic effect of vitamin D.
At the same time, prolonged, so-called “noncalcemic” effects that determine its effect on the majority of body organs and tissues occur only at calcidiol concentrations of at least 30 ng/ml, which can be achieved in the Russian Federation only by increasing the dose of cholecalciferol products. That is why the modern strategy of preventive medicine necessitates a lifelong daily administration of vitamin D.
A regimen for pharmaceutical management of hypovitaminosis D in children within the first three years of life has been developed using an aqueous solution of cholecalciferol as part of the National Program “Vitamin D Deficiency in Children and Adolescents in the Russian Federation: Current Approaches to Management”.
The objective of the paper is to test the regimen for vitamin D deficiency management in young children in various regions of the Russian Federation depending on baseline calcidiol levels.
Materials and Methods
The analysis presented in this study was performed as part of a multicenter, prospective, uncontrolled cohort study conducted between November 2015 and December 2016 under a single protocol in Moscow (550 N), Arkhangelsk (640 N), Kazan (550 N) and Stavropol (450 N) (Fig. 1).
384 children aged from 1 month to 3 years were examined, of which 85 (22.1%) children were aged from 1 to 6 months, 65 (16.9%) children were aged from 6 to 12 months, 117 (30.5% ) children were aged from 1 to 2 years of life, 117 (30.5%) children were aged from 2 to 3 years of life.
Fig. 1 Sites participating in the study in the Russian Federation.
The distribution of children under study was as follows: Moscow 68 (17.7%), Arkhangelsk 99 (25.8%), Kazan 113 (29.4%), Stavropol 104 (27.1%).
The study inclusion criteria were: age from 1 to 36 months, a satisfactory condition at the time of the study, the possibility of blood sampling, the consent of parents to participate in the study. The written informed consent was obtained from the parents of each child. The study protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Federal State-Funded Educational Institution of Additional Vocational Education Russian Medical Academy of Continuing Postgraduate Education, Russian Ministry of Health.
Exclusion criteria: presence of any genetic syndromes and disorders of mental development, active rickets, hepatic and/or renal impairment, IUGR/grade 2 to 3 hypotrophy, malabsorption syndrome.
Determination of calcidiol levels in the serum by the competitive chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA) was performed at the laboratory of the EFiS scientific center in Moscow.
The results were interpreted in accordance with the recommendations of the International Society of Endocrinologists (2011):
- severe deficit: 25(OH)D levels less than 10 ng/ml;
- deficiency: from 10 to 20 ng/ml; inadequate levels: 21 to 29 ng/ml;
- normal levels: 30 to 100 ng/ml,
- levels higher than 100 ng/ml were regarded as excessive, requiring adjustment of the vitamin D dose [1, 4, 5].
At the first stage, all examined patients were analyzed for the effect of the previous supplementation with cholecalciferol products on baseline calcidiol levels.
Among infants under one year of age, 70 (46.7%) children were breastfed, 80 (53.3%) children received adapted milk formulas. In the first year of life of 150 children, 105 (70.0%) patients received prevention of rickets and vitamin D deficiency. Of 117 children aged 1 to 2 years, 60 (51.3%) received vitamin D. Out of 117 children over the age of two years, only 23 (19.7%) children received vitamin D.
The dose of cholecalciferol products that patients received before the study initiation was
- 500 IU/day in 83 (44.1%) children,
- 1000 IU/day in 76 (40.4%) children and
- 1500 IU/day in 29 (15.4%) children.
In order to simultaneously analyze the effect of the feeding type and supplementation with vitamin products on cholecalciferol levels, children under the age of 1 year were divided into separate subgroups (Fig. 2).
After determining the baseline vitamin D status, the study participants were prescribed cholecalciferol for 30 days. The daily dose of vitamin D was prescribed as follows: baseline serum 25(OH)D levels
- less than 10 ng/ml—4000 IU/day,
- 10 to 20 ng/ml—3000 IU/day,
- 20 to 29 ng/ml—2000 IU/day,
- more than 30 ng/ml—a prophylactic dose of 1000 IU/day.
Based on the results of 30-day administration of the aqueous vitamin D solution, a control laboratory test was conducted (Fig. 2). The aqueous cholecalciferol solution (500 IU per drop) was used as the vitamin D product.
The statistical analysis of the study results was carried out using the STATISTICA 10.0 software package (StatSoft Inc., USA). The Shapiro-Wilk test was used to determine the type of data distribution. For parametric quantitative data, the arithmetic mean (M) and the arithmetic mean error (m) were determined. For nonparametric quantitative data, the median (Me) and quartiles [25Q-75Q] were determined.
In case of normal distribution, the Student’s t-test was used to assess the intergroup differences in the analysis of quantitative parametric data. In case on non-normal distribution, the Mann-Whitney U test was used in groups with quantitative nonparametric data. In order to determine the statistical significance of the differences between qualitative data, the Pearson criterion (%) corrected for small samples and the exact Fisher test (if one of the parameters was less than 4 and the total number of parameters was less than 30) were used. Pearson’s (r) and Kendall’s pair correlation coefficients were used to estimate the relationship between the parameters. Differences were considered statistically significant at P < 0.05 .
Results and Discussion
Analysis of Baseline Vitamin D Levels in Young Children
The baseline calcidiol level in young children in the Russian Federation that was the foundation for the therapeutic dose of cholecalciferol prescribed was 23.7 [13.8-34.9] ng/ml.
Severe vitamin D deficiency (less than 10 ng/ml) was diagnosed in 58 (15.1%) cases, vitamin D deficiency (10 to 19 ng/ml) was detected in 101 (26.3%) cases, inadequate vitamin D levels (20 to 29 ng/Ml) were diagnosed in 97 (25.3%) cases, and normal levels were found only in 128 (33.3%) cases.
In the first 6 months of life, vitamin D levels in children in the Russian Federation were 25.8 [13.8-43.2] ng/ml, in the second 0.5 year of life, they were 33.9 [16.9-43.0] ng/ml, however, subsequently, starting from the age of 12 months, the levels steadily dropped to 24.1 [16.2-32.3] ng/ml during the second year of life and only 18.4 [11.4-25.0] ng/ml during the third year of life. Obviously, in the first year of life, especially at the age of 6 to 12 months, most children, according to the recommendations of pediatricians, receive cholecalciferol supplementation, which determines relatively satisfactory vitamin D levels. During the second, and even more so, the third year of life, the number of children receiving vitamin D is significantly reduced, and this, in turn, is inevitably accompanied by a decrease in calcidiol levels and an increase in the number of children with vitamin D deficiency.
Fig. 3 shows the median of, and Fig. 4 shows the structure of baseline vitamin D levels in children at study sites.
Differences in vitamin D levels in various cities of Russia are not due to the geographical location and intensity of insolation, but are exclusively due to the frequency of prescribing cholecalciferol supplementation. While in Arkhangelsk, 79 children (79.8%) received vitamin D at the time of analysis, 38 (55.9%), 43 (41.3%) and only 25 (22.1%) children received vitamin D in Moscow, Stavropol, and Kazan. Nevertheless, even in Arkhangelsk, only 47 (47.4%) children had normal levels, 42 (61.8%) and only 9 (8.0%) of young children had normal levels in Moscow and Kazan, respectively.
Table 1 Calcidiol levels in young children based on administration of vitamin D products.
Table 1 presents the results of a comparative analysis of the baseline determination of vitamin D levels based on previous administration of cholecalciferol products.
Based on the analysis of the data from Table 1, the following conclusions can be made: (1) neither exclusively breastfeeding nor formula feeding without dietary supplementation with cholecalciferol products allows to achieve adequate vitamin D levels in infants under one year of age; (2) there is a significant increase in calcidiol levels in all age groups in children receiving cholecalciferol products; (3) in children over one year of age, from 1 to 2 and especially 2 to 3 years of age, there is a significant decrease in 25(OH)D levels, while administration of preventive doses of cholecalciferol (500 IU/day) does not allow all children to achieve normal vitamin D levels.
Taking into account these preliminary findings, we developed and tested the management regimen for hypovitaminosis D in young children based on dosing of cholecalciferol preparations depending on serum 25(OH)D levels.
3.2 Efficacy of Hypovitaminosis D Management in Young Children
The median calcidiol levels in the total group (384 children) following a one month course of therapy with cholecalciferol products increased from 23.7 [13.8-34.9] ng/ml to 45.5 [31.5-62.8] ng/ml (P < 0.001).
Fig. 5 shows histograms of the 25(OH)D level distribution before and after one month administration of the aqueous vitamin D solution.
The analysis shows that while 25(OH)D levels did not exceed 30 ng/ml in 256 (66.7%) children before cholecalciferol administration, the number of children with inadequate levels and deficiency decreased to 83 (21.6%) (P < 0.001). At the same time, the number of children with normal levels (30 to 100 ng/ml) increased from 128 (33.3%) to 286 (74.5%) children (P < 0.001).
The number of children with severe deficiency (less than 10 ng/ml), with deficiency (10 to 20 ng/ml) and with inadequate levels decreased significantly from 58 (15.1%) to 2 (0.5%), from 101 (26.3 %) to 24 (6.4%), from 97 (25.3%) to 57 (14.8%) children, respectively.
Following the course of pharmaceutical management, the level of 100 ng/ml was exceeded in 15 (3.9%) cases. In a detailed analysis of these cases, we noticed that 9 (60.0%) of these children were under the age of 6 months, all were breastfed, and the baseline calcidiol levels generally were consistent with severe deficiency.
The average daily cholecalciferol dose for children under the age of 6 months, aged from 6 to 12 months, from 1 to 2 years and from 2 to 3 years was 2200.0 ± 128.1 IU/day, 1879.0 ± 139.8 IU/day, 2338.0 ± 103.9 IU/day, and 2718.0 ± 83.4 IU/day, respectively.
Fig. 6 shows changes in the calcidiol median in children following the proposed management regimen at each of the study sites.
At all the study sites, there were distinct unidirectional changes, with an increase in calcidiol levels ranging from 38.4% in Moscow to 131.9% in Kazan. In all cities, the 25(OH)D median following the one-month course exceeded the threshold value of 30 ng/ml and was within the range of 30 to 50 ng/ml, where, on the one hand, noncalcemic effects of vitamin D develop, and on the other hand, there is a minimal risk of overdose.
Fig. 6 Changes in 25(OH)D levels following the management course at study sites.
Table 2 shows the results of management with cholecalciferol products in children by age.
It is important that a significant increase in 25(OH)D levels was achieved in all age groups and exceeded the threshold value of 30 ng/ml, being within an absolutely safe range in children of any age.
It is obvious that the regimen, where the therapeutic dose of cholecalciferol is based on the baseline calcidiol levels, allows to quickly and safely adjust vitamin D levels starting from the first months of life.
The analysis of the results presented in Table 3 demonstrates the dose-dependent effect of cholecalciferol products. In the general group, a negative increase in the calcidiol level was observed only in 65 (16.9%) cases, with 56 (86.2%) of these children receiving vitamin D at the dose of 1000 IU/day, only 9 (13.8%) at the dose of 2000-3000 IU/day, while there was no negative increase in children receiving 4000 IU/day of cholecalciferol.
Following the use of 1000 IU/day, the ratio of the frequency of positive and negative increase was only 1.3:1, while it was 18.2:1 (P < 0.001) and 19:1 (P < 0.001) following the use of the therapeutic dose of 2000 IU/day and the dose of 3000 IU/day. During the management, it did not exceed 60 ng/mL in 287 (90.0%) of 319 children with a positive increase, which completely excludes the achievement of 100 ng/mL level at the end of one-month course. Only 32 (8.3%) children had a an increase in 25(OH)D levels that exceeded 60 ng/mL during the management course, and the daily dose of cholecalciferol was 3000-4000 IU in 26 (81.3%) of these cases.
The median increase in calcidiol levels in young children following the one-month course of 1000 IU/day, 2000 IU/day, 3000 IU/day, and 4000 IU/day was 2.9 [9.4-12.9] ng/ml, 22.3 [9.5-36.2] ng/ml, 22.6 [11.6-43.6] ng/ml, and 32.0 [15.4-59.8) ng/ml, respectively.
Table 2 (Fig 7?) Changes in calcidiol levels following cholecalciferol administration by age.
Table 3 An increase in calcidiol levels following a one-month management course by the daily dose of cholecalciferol.
The correlation between the daily dose and an increase in 25(OH)D levels following a one-month course of management with cholecalciferol was r = 0.504 (P < 0.001).
The majority of countries of the world have adopted programs for prevention and management of hypovitaminosis D in children and adults, while determination of calcidiol levels and evaluation of vitamin D levels as an integral component is included in the laboratory testing protocol for healthy people and patients with various conditions.
We have conducted the detailed analysis that has demonstrated the high efficacy and sufficient safety of the proposed course of pharmaceutical management of vitamin D deficiency with cholecalciferol products in young children living in various regions of the Russian Federation.
In recent years, based on the results of large Russian multicenter studies, on the one hand, the necessity to increase the prophylactic dose of cholecalciferol in young children has been justified, and, on the other hand, a management regimen for hypovitaminosis D was developed, which in our opinion, will significantly reduce the frequency of vitamin D deficiency in children under the age of one year.
Russian children need 2,000-4,000 IU of Vitamin D to get most above 40 ng - Dec 2017
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