[Seizures in foreign newborns due to maternal vitamin-D deficiency].Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd 2005; 149(5):257-60NT
In a Moroccan male, a Turkish female and a Sudanese male newborn who presented with seizures in the second week of life, hypocalcaemia was found. The hypocalcaemia was caused by neonatal vitamin-D deficiency as a result of maternal vitamin-D deficiency during pregnancy. The vitamin-D deficiency of the mothers was caused by the diminished exposure to sunlight as a result of wearing a veil and the dark pigmentation of the skin. The infants were cured by vitamin-D suppletion. With the increasing numbers of dark-skinned women and women who wear veils in the Dutch population, the group of pregnant women and newborns running a risk of vitamin-D deficiency is becoming larger. Therefore, the risk of hypocalcaemia and vitamin-D deficiency rickets in newborns is also increasing. In newborns with seizures, one should think of the possibility of neonatal vitamin-D deficiency, especially if the mothers belong to the group at risk.