I saw a 12-year-old African American US girl as a new patient and checked her vitamin D level, as we usually do on our panels these days. The level was 8.8 ng/mL, with a "normal" reported as over 32 ng/mL. What are current recommendations for vitamin D replacement in children—let alone dark-skinned children?
A 3-month-old boy was brought by his mother to his busy primary care physician’s office for follow-up of bronchiolitis when numerous bruises were noted. The mother said that the infant had a 1-week history of unexplained bruising, petechiae, and irritability. The child was referred to the local emergency department (ED) because of concern for nonaccidental trauma.