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Vitamin D deficiency is a problem in all age groups. But people with sickle cell disease are at higher risk for low levels of vitamin D.
Getting treatment for vitamin D deficiency is important if your child has sickle cell disease. People with sickle cell disease who are treated for vitamin D deficiency may have less pain than those who are not treated.
Not having enough vitamin D can cause:
In children and teens, low vitamin D levels can cause bones to grow poorly, leading to shorter height than expected.
Vitamin D is found in certain foods.
Look for labels that say, “vitamin D fortified.”
Vitamin D is also produced through sunlight. Make sure your child wears sunscreen.
You may also give your child supplements to maintain a normal level of vitamin D.
Your child’s care team will check for vitamin D deficiency using a blood test.
If your child has low levels of vitamin D (less than 30 mg/mL), they may need a prescription vitamin D supplement.
If your child has a prescription for a vitamin D supplement, be sure they take the medicine exactly as prescribed.
Reach out to your child’s care team if you have questions.
Reviewed: September 2022