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Vitamin D deficiency in children remains a significant healthcare problem. Pearce and Cheetham,1 in their article on 'Diagnosis and management of vitamin D deficiency', quite clearly recommend the use of calciferol (3000–6000 IU/day) in the treatment of vitamin D deficiency in children. Expert opinion from the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes also confirm this recommendation,2 yet anecdotal evidence suggests that some children diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency are being treated inappropriately.
We have recently completed a prospective 2-year survey of vitamin D deficiency …