Made in your body, vitamin D plays an important role in bone health along with calcium. Vitamin D promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and helps deposit these minerals in bones and teeth making them stronger and healthier.
The fortification of milk with vitamin D has virtually eliminated the risk of vitamin D deficiency in children. However, the rising consumption of juice and soft drinks in place of milk is increasing the probability of deficiency, which can lead to rickets or defective bone growth.
Make sure your child is getting enough vitamin D each day by including milk with most meals. Cheese, eggs and fortified breakfast cereals also contain small amounts of vitamin D.