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can a person aquire a vitamin a deficiency later in life?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Lack of adequate intake, at any age, can lead to vitamin a deficiency. Many cereals, and milk are supplemented with vitamin a. Green leafy vegetables and carrots contain provitamin a, therefore sufficient intake of a balanced diet should prevent deficiency.
Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Vitamin deficiency: A person can acquire a vitamin deficiency at any time if they are are taking a diet deficient diet. It is pretty difficult to develop a deficiency on a normal healthy diet.

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Should I take prenatal vitamins if i'm breastfeeding?

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Yes: Absolutely. Many women are vitamin d deficient which will contribute to vitamin d deficiency in the baby (rickets). The baby should also receive a vitamin d supplement.
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Does the fact that my baby bruises easily mean he has a vitamin deficiency?

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No: As older infants and toddlers become mobile, they often fall and develop minor injuries. Bruising on the legs, below the knees, is very common in toddlers. However, easy bruising in non-mobile infants, bruising in uncommon places (back, stomach, upper thighs), or frequent nose or mouth bleeding might be a sign that something is wrong with your babies clotting system and needs medical attention.
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Why should I get a vitamin K shot for my baby?

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Prevents bleeding: Vitamin k is crucial to prevent bleeding, and newborns cannot make enough vitamin K by themselves. It is critical to receive this shot at birth, otherwise bleeding, brain damage and death can result. It is safe for your baby to receive the shot.
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Does vitamin B6 relieve morning sickness?

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Yes: Some find that it helps. Ginger, oregano, anise, fennel are also good.
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Is taking my prenatal vitamin and a daily supplement together too much?

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Probably: You just need to take one of them. I tell patients that a centrum or one a day or two flintstones chewables are just as good as an super expensive, designer prenatal vitamin.

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