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Bruno Nievas

A recurrent theme that is always current are the possible nutritional deficits in children. Although it is true that in developed countries it is very difficult to produce, it is also true that it is necessary that the child receives a varied diet to fulfill this premise.

The problem is that it is sometimes difficult to make a varied diet in a child, especially the youngest, who can reject many of the foods that are offered.

This is a transitory stage but it can sometimes become a serious problem if you do not have the time and patience to save the refusal of the child to certain foods.

The best way to reduce this risk is to always consult the child's diet with the pediatrician and "play" with the preparation of the dishes, so that the professional can certify the sufficient variety and nutritional quality of the food and the child associates eating with something fun. Even so it is very frequent that many parents harbor doubts about possible deficits in this age range, being one of the most consulted the possible deficit of vitamins.

La vitamina E no es un sólo compuesto, sino un grupo de sustancias que tienen función antioxidante y que, como ocurre con casi todas las vitaminas, debe ser ingerida ya que el organismo es incapaz de producirla por sí mismo. 

Why vitamin E deficiency occurs

The compounds that are part of the so-called Vitamin E can be found in foods such as vegetable oils, some seeds and vegetables in general, but especially in the green leaf.

The deficit of this group of vitamins is often seen in very specific cases, such as children who diets very little varied and prolonged over time.

It can also be seen in those who present a picture that generates a process of malabsorption of nutrients in the intestine, so that they are not able to adequately absorb the nutrients.

It is also not uncommon to see in premature children, since the passage of vitamin E from the mother to the fetus occurs especially in the last weeks of pregnancy.

Symptoms of vitamin E deficiency

When there is a real deficit of vitamin E, children can have very different symptoms, which can also be difficult to guide in case the deficit is not suspected.

The most striking symptoms occur at the neurological level, where progressive deterioration occurs, which can manifest itself in the form of:

** Loss of reflexes ** Lack of coordination ** Tremors

It can also affect other organs, such as the eye, or systems, such as the blood, producing anemia.

Treatment of vitamin E deficiency

The treatment is relatively simple since it is based on the contribution of the vitamin, although for this it is essential that the pediatrician has been able to make the diagnosis and of course be the one in charge of regulating and controlling the treatment.

In cases where the symptoms are moderate or severe it may be necessary to treat these.

If the child has a malabsorption picture then, to the treatment with vitamins, will be added the process or disease that is causing malabsorption.

The prognosis in general is usually good, although as always it is fundamental to suspect and treat the condition soon, to avoid the neurological or ocular damage it can cause.

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