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Table 2 Distribution of the participants’ opinion on recommending vitamin D supplement

From: How should we give vitamin D supplementation? evaluation of the pediatricians’ knowledge in Turkey

    Pediatric Resident Pediatrician p
n(%)
To which infants and children do you recommend vitamin D supplement? Feeding With breast milk only 16 (14.5) 13 (12.1)  
Regardless of feeding 92 (83.6) 93 (86.9) 0.761
With formula only 2 (1.8) 1 (0.9)  
To the infants and children with inadequate exposure to the sunlight 26 (23.6) 25 (23.4) 0.127
With disease likely to impair vitamin D metabolism 22 (20.0) 22 (20.6) 0.133
Those that experience frequent respiratory tract infection 7 (6.4) 7 (6.5) 0.216
Those with weakness and muscle pain 7 (6.4) 8 (7.5) 0.200
Why do you recommend vitamin D supplement to the infants and children? To prevent rickets and vitamin D deficiency 97 (88.2) 104 (97.2) 0.008
For fontanelle closure 17 (15.5) 4 (3.7) 0.002
To prevent infections 14 (12.7) 26 (24.3) 0.013
Other 2 (1.8) 9 (8.4)  
  1. Other: Because breast milk contains inadequate vitamin D (n = 3), for protection against allergic diseases (n = 2), to prevent depression (n = 2), because the Ministry of Health supplies vitamin D for free (n = 2), to support the immune system (n = 1), to enable earlywalking (n = 1)