24,000UI Vitamin D3 daily and still deficient! (Short bowel syndrome child)
My daughter Stella is 2 years old and has a severe case of short bowel syndrome (only 20 cm small bowel at birth). After a life-saving surgery and lots of patience, she now can get all the nutrician she needs from her belly (with the help of 800 calories worth of g-tube feeds of elemental formula at night - brand NEOCATE Jr). She struggles to aborb vitamin D.
She gets 24,000UI (that is not a typo) of vitamin D3 daily and her last 2 months of vitamin D blood tests were 21 and 20. We just got the OK to increase her dose to 40,000UI of the Carlson D3 drops. She also takes a children's multivitamin containing magnesium, a 1200mg fish oil capsule daily, & she takes a TUMs as a calcium supplement. Working with her doctor, they are going to try to get her a light box to produce UVb rays so she can "tan" at home to get that vitamin D via her skin.
We live in Wisconsin so it is difficult to spend time outdoors during our very long winters. Any other suggestions to help get her vitamin D level up?
Thank you, Laura