Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2011-301400
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Efficacy of vitamin D deficiency prevention strategies in Glasgow's maternity services

  1. A D Jackson2
  1. 1Newborn Emergency Transport Service, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2Neonatal Unit, Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Louise V A Leven, Neonatal Transport Fellow, Newborn Emergency Transport Service, The Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia; louise.leven{at}
  1. Contributors LL contributed to study design and was responsible for data collection, drafting and revising the article. KL was responsible for data collection and revision of the article. AJ was responsible for the study concept and revision of the article.

  • Received 27 November 2011
  • Accepted 29 November 2011
  • Published Online First 15 December 2011

The publication by Ahmed et al illustrated the increasing burden of symptomatic vitamin D deficiency in Scotland, with cases presenting as young as two weeks of age.1 In these infants maternal vitamin D levels and infant feeding practice would have undoubtedly played a role.

The Scottish Government adopted the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 2008 guidelines in July 2009, recommending that all pregnant and breastfeeding women be advised about the benefits of vitamin D …

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