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Special Reports
January 1943

DOSAGE OF VITAMIN D1. OPINIONS ON VITAMIN D REQUIREMENTS OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN

Am J Dis Child. 1943;65(1):158-161. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1943.02010130167010
Abstract

  • The minimum requirement for infants and children is not known.

  • The Technical Commission on Nutrition of the League of Nations1 (1938) placed the requirements of infants at 400 to 500 international units daily.

  • The Committee on Food and Nutrition of the National Research Council of the United States of America and the Committee on Vitamins of the American Academy of Paediatrics (Dann & Davison,2 1942) put the requirements of children from birth up to 15 years of age at 400 to 800 international (U. S. P.) units daily.

  • The figure in (c) has been endorsed by the National Nutrition Conference for Defense3 (1941), summoned by President Roosevelt.

  • Park and Eliot4 (1942) consider that 800 to 1,000 international (U. S. P.) units daily covers any possible requirement of full term infants.

  • At St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, for the last ten years, it has been the practice to give daily doses of 600 international units as

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