Benefits of prenatal and postnatal vitamin D supplementation




vitamin D deficiency, supplementation in pregnancy, infants, neonates


The best evidence for the role of vitamin D in infants is its influence on skeletal growth, however, the pleiotropic actions of vitamin D in the foetus and neonates are under-researched. The systematic reviews, based mostly on observational studies, suggest correlations between prenatal and postnatal supplementation and the occurrence of allergy, respiratory infections, sepsis or mental and behavioural development. Some of these studies focused on subgroups of neonates, such as preterm infants, investigating the influence inter alia on sepsis, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and necrotising enterocolitis. Currently, there is a need for randomised trials for proof of the skeletal and pleiotropic effects of vitamin D in infants.


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Kołodziejczyk-Nowotarska A, Bokiniec R, Seliga-Siwecka J. Benefits of prenatal and postnatal vitamin D supplementation. JMS [Internet]. 2021 Mar. 30 [cited 2023 Jun. 1];90(1):e498. Available from:



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Received 2021-01-18
Accepted 2021-03-12
Published 2021-03-30