Vitamin D in pregnancy-time for action: a paediatric audit
Article first published online: 14 AUG 2009
© 2009 The Authors Journal compilation © RCOG 2009 BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 116, Issue 12, pages 1678–1682, November 2009
How to Cite
Sharma, S., Khan, N., Khadri, A., Julies, P., Gnanasambandam, S., Saroey, S., Jacobs, B., Beski, S., Coren, M. and Alexander, S. (2009), Vitamin D in pregnancy-time for action: a paediatric audit. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 116: 1678–1682. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02285.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 14 AUG 2009
- Accepted 2 June 2009. Published Online 14 August 2009.
- Antenatal care;
- vitamin D deficiency;
Maternal vitamin D deficiency is a significant public health issue. This retrospective multicentre audit was undertaken to identify the scale of maternal vitamin D deficiency in London, using infant vitamin D deficiency as a surrogate marker. During January 2006 to June 2008, 74 infants presented with symptomatic vitamin D deficiency, a prevalence of 1.6 per 1000 deliveries in London. Of these, 49% were hypocalcaemic at presentation and 27% had hypocalcaemic seizures. A telephone survey in June 2008 showed that no London National Health Service antenatal units had departmental guidelines on vitamin D. This audit is presented to raise awareness of current recommendations and the sequelae of maternal vitamin D deficiency.