Babies born to mothers with lack of Vitamin D ‘more likely to have learning difficulties’ –

A study of more than 800,000 school children showed 8.9per cent of those conceived in the first quarter of the year had learning disabilities compared to 7.6per cent of those conceived between July and September.

The research, carried out in collaboration with Cambridge University, the NHS and the Scottish Government, found the seasonal differences related to learning difficulties.

Professor Gordon Smith, department head of obstetrics and gynaecology at Cambridge, said: “If vitamin D levels do indeed explain the seasonal fluctuations observed in this study, we would hope that widespread compliance with the advice would lead to loss of this variation, and would have a downward effect on overall rates of special educational needs.

“Although the current study did not directly measure vitamin D, it remains perhaps the most plausible explanation for the trend.”


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