Vitamin D for Children with Albinism
Children's growing bodies need vitamin D in order to absorb and utilize calcium, which keeps bones and teeth strong and is essential for normal blood clotting and muscle and nerve function. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, but it's not found in many foods unless they have been fortified with it.
Our bodies can make vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Letting children play outside in the summer sun is an easy way to make sure that their bodies have enough vitamin D.
But kids with albinism can get sunburned very easily. Even when summer arrives and Michelle and Dougie from our foster care program can take off their heavy winter clothing, they will need to stay covered while playing outside.
We are very grateful to sponsors of our Vitamin Fund so that we are able to provide Michelle and Dougie with a safe, alternative source of vitamin D.