Kids, Kids Health, Micronutrients, Nutrient Deficiencies, Vitamin B12, Vitamin Deficiencies

Vitamin B12 Deficiency in Children

A picture of a little boy playing in the water with the wording: “A 2-year old child exhibits sever language and social delay and receives a diagnosis of autism, a quote from the book “Could It Be B12 Pediatric Edition by Sally Pacholok & Jeffrey J. Stuart

B12 Deficiency & Kids

I have been studying Vitamin B12 Deficiency for years and one of my favorite books on the topic was the first book by these authors called “Could It Be B12 Deficiency” An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses. So when I saw the pediatric update version of the book I was quite excited.

Here is an excerpt from the book that you might find helpful.

WHAT DO THESE WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAVE IN COMMON?  

• A 3-year-old boy exhibits severe developmental delay and receives a diagnosis of autism . . .  

• A 28-year-old woman is unable to conceive . . .  

• A 6-month-old baby develops therapy-resistant seizures . . .  

• An 8-year-old boy is prescribed Prozac because of odd, uncontrollable behaviour . . .  

• A 12-year-old boy slowly loses his ability to walk and write, becoming bedridden . . .  

• A 9-month-old baby stops responding to his parents and can no longer sit up by himself . . .  

• A 38-year-old mother is condemned to life in a wheelchair after gastric bypass surgery . . . 

 • A 7-year-old boy has obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and a wide-based gait . . .

. An 18-year-old can’t concentrate or understand her instructors and drops out of her first semester of college . . .  

• A 9-year-old girl needs to attend a special school for handicapped children because she has an IQ of 60 . . .  

• A 15-year-old teen becomes severely depressed and tries to kill herself . . .  

• A 31-year-old with severe postpartum depression has thoughts of harming her infant . . .  

Here’s what these patients don’t have in common: a correct diagnosis. Instead these women and children have been given a plethora of incorrect, often hopeless diagnoses: developmental delay, autism, depression, multiple sclerosis, Asperger’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder, and mental illness. But in reality, they all suffer from the same medical condition . . .  VITAMIN B12 DEFICIENCY

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I am forever grateful that I ran across this information many years ago and I have helped many people to uncover their Vitamin B 12 Deficiencies because of it!

I highly recommend having your Vitamin B-12 levels checked when you visit your Doctor or Health Professional at your check-up or if you are having mystery symptoms that correlate with any of the above. And as a general practice with all of my clients, I always recommend everyone know what their B12 levels are.

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Vitamin B12 Benefits for Women

Energy:

Women often juggle a lot in life. There are so many things competing for our time in an average day, it’s no wonder, women often experience low vitality and a lack of energy. However, this can also come from a deficiency in Vitamin B12. If you’re feeling sluggish and you’re not sure why, a lack of vitamin B12 (cobalamin) may be to blame. 

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that aids in red blood cell formation, which prevents against a type of anemia that can often make people feel weak and tired.

Heart Health


Heart disease and stroke kill 31,000 women in Canada annually. When it comes to heart health, Vitamin B12 along with B6, and folic acid work together help to reduce homocysteine, which is a protein that can build up in blood and damage arterial walls. Therefore, B12 plays an important role in heart health.

Your Smile

A lack of B12 can affect your oral health. If you are experiencing tongue inflammation also knows as ‘glossitis’, you may have a deficiency in Vitamin B12. You may notice that your tongue may be red and swollen or it might look smooth. The inflammation can cause the tiny bumps along your tongue that contain your taste buds to stretch out and disappear.

Pins & Needles

If you experience “pins and needles” sensations in your extremities and/or numbness or tingling in the hands, legs, or feet, you may be deficient in B12. Vitamin B12 helps produce the fatty sheath (myelin) that surrounds and protects your nerves. When you are deficient in B12, your nerve cells can’t function properly and you will surely notice. This is often seen in elderly people who are low in B12.

Mobility Issues

A deficiency in B12 can affect a person’s balance by producing an unsteady gait and balance (ataxia). You may experience difficulty walking, staggering and/or balance problems.

Thinning or Abnormal Hair

To keep it simple, B12 promotes healthy hair growth by assisting in the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells, which feed hair follicles. If you notice a change in the constituency of your hair, you may want to search for other clues that tie in as well and lead you to B12 deficiency as a possible underlying it all.

A Healthy Glow

People with a B12 deficiency often look pale or have a slight yellow tinge to their skin (jaundice).

Jaundice develops when a person’s body is not able to produce enough red blood cells. Red blood cells circulating under the skin provide it with its normal color. Without enough of these cells, the skin may look pale.

Vitamin B12 plays a role in the production of red blood cells. A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause a lack of red blood cells, or megaloblastic anemia, which has an association with jaundice.

This type of anemia can also weaken the red blood cells, which the body then breaks down more quickly. When the liver breaks down red blood cells, it releases bilirubin. Bilirubin is a brownish substance that gives the skin the yellowish tone that is characteristic of jaundice, and thus explains the lack of a healthy glow.

These are only a few of the conditions caused by a deficiency of Vitamin B12. I will be writing more blog posts on this in the future, but I highly recommend getting your B12 serum levels checked the next time you are getting routine blood work. I personally obtain a copy of my blood work to keep in my own file so I can follow along and monitor my levels of this vitamin as well as others vitamins and other results from my lab work. I believe we should all be a proactive component of our own health care.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and a Certified Life Coach who has had an interest in Vitamin B12 Deficiency for many years.

Maggie can help you find the best source of Vitamin B12 based on your needs. Just drop her a request to chat or know more in the comments section below and she will get you information based on your current situation.