London: A coroner in London has called for all pregnant and breastfeeding women to take vitamin D.Coroner Andrew Walker wrote a letter to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley after he held an inquest last week into the death of a three-month-old boy.In his letter, Walker said that the boy, Milind Agarwal, was taken to the doctor in July with symptoms of a probable viral infection.He was sent home with saline nasal drops. A later telephone consultation with another doctor led to his parents being advised to give him paracetamol.But his mother and father still had concerns and called an ambulance. Their son was taken to Northwick Park Hospital in north London ‘’where it was recognised he was seriously unwell’.Later, the baby died from septic inflammation of the heart against a background of an abnormal aortic heart valve.A consultant paediatric pathologist told the coroner’s court that vitamin D deficiency played a role in progression of the infection and suggested all pregnant and breastfeeding women be prescribed vitamin D daily.
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