Premature babies need added vitamins to keep their bones healthy
(ABC) -- Premature babies have different bone mineral requirements than full-term infants.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says pre-term infants with a feeding tube need extra calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus to keep their bones healthy.
Breast milk and regular formula are not enough, especially for preemies who weigh less than 4.4 pounds.
The Academy says they should get fortified human milk or formula specially made for pre-term infants.
They recommend 200 to 400 units of vitamin D per day during hospitalization and after discharge from the hospital.
That can go as high as a thousand units a day once the babies put on more weight.
Those with evidence of rickets need enhanced calcium and phosphorus intake.
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