VITAMIN E DEFICIENCY
DESCRIPTIONVitamin E deficiency is the effect of inadequate intake of vitamin E. Vitamin E is present in many foods, so deficiency is rare in otherwise healthy children. Vitamin E promotes normal growth and development. It also enhances the enzyme action necessary for body cells to use oxygen efficiently. The blood and body cells are involved.
Appropriate health care includes:
Self-care after diagnosis.
Physician's monitoring of general condition and medications.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMSMuscle weakness or cramps in your child.
Swelling of the ankles, abdomen, and face in an infant.
Anemia in a premature infant.
PREVENTING COMPLICATIONS OR RECURRENCE
Determine if your infant's formula has adequate vitamin E.
Provide your family with a well-balanced diet.
Give your family vitamin supplements if their diet is inadequate.
No evidence exists that vitamin E has any effect on human sexual reproduction or activity.
Your own observation of symptoms.
Medical history and physical exam by a doctor.
Laboratory studies to measure blood level of vitamin E.
POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONSChronic anemia, resulting in fatigue and underachievement.
Curable with proper diet and vitamin E supplements.
HOME CARENo specific instructions except those listed under other headings.
MEDICATIONYour doctor may prescribe vitamin E supplements.
See Medications section for information regarding medicines your doctor may prescribe.
DIET & FLUIDS
Your family should eat a well-balanced diet and avoid fad reducing diets. Good sources of vitamin E include salad and cooking oil, margarine, peanuts, beef, eggs, and green vegetables.
OK TO GO TO SCHOOL?Yes.
CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF
Your child has symptoms of vitamin E deficiency.