Vitamin D shortage has been rediscovered as a public health problem worldwide. It has been suggested that vitamin D deficiency may explain a portion of the asthma epidemic.
Asthma remains the most prevalent and chronic disease of childhood in Nigeria and it is one of the principal causes of morbidity in children. Asthma prevalence is highest in Westernized, industrialized countries
Shortage of Vitamin D is common among pregnant women. The greater number of all asthma cases are diagnosed in early childhood indicating that the origin of the disease stems in foetal and early life
Vitamin D levels in pregnancy can effectively change the immune response of the newborn baby, which could help to safeguard the child from developing asthma. Taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy strengthens the new born babies’ immune system, which may reduce their risk of developing asthma and respiratory infections in them.
Improving vitamin D status during pregnancy is the primary prevention of asthma, in decreasing exacerbation’s of the disease, and in treating steroid resistance. However, the appropriate level of circulating vitamin D for optimal immune functioning remains unclear. Too much of vitamin D is not good either. Getting too much vitamin D can make your intestines absorb too much calcium, leading to spiked levels of it in your blood. This can lead to calcium depositing in the heart and lungs, kidney stones, and nausea or vomiting.