Vitamin D deficiency has a profound impact on the healthy growth and development of infants – but routine vitamin D supplementation during the first twelve months of life could be the key. Tune into this insightful conversation with Professor Craig Munns, who explores recent trends in vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, lactation and infancy and the impact of nutritional rickets on bone development. Craig also covers the critical role dietitians play in the prevention of nutritional rickets through raising awareness and educating parents.



Professor Craig Munns is the Head, Mayne Academy of Paediatrics and Director, Child Health Research Centre at The University of Queensland. He is also a Senior Medical Officer Department of Endocrinology at Queensland Children’s Hospital. Prof Munns’ primary clinical and research interest is the diagnosis and management of primary and secondary paediatric bone disorders. He has published widely on nutritional rickets, genetic rickets, osteoporosis and osteogenesis imperfecta.  He has undertaken numerous trials of novel therapies in paediatric bone disease and their implementation into clinical practice.  Prof Munns is also heavily involved in enabling clinical trials in Advanced Therapeutics, including cell and gene therapy.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Sources of vitamin D during infancy
  • Risk associated with nutritional rickets
  • How often mothers in Australia present with vitamin D deficiency
  • Vitamin D supplement recommendations during pregnancy, lactation, and infancy
  • The increasing recognition and recommendation of routine vitamin D supplementation across healthcare systems

Additional resources

Webinar: Vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy and infancy

Global Consensus Recommendations on Prevention and Management of Nutritional Rickets

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