Pediatric Vitamin B-1 Deficiency (Thiamine)

A child who doesn’t get enough of vitamin B-1 (thiamine) in their diet will likely develop a vitamin B-1 deficiency.


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What is Pediatric Vitamin B-1 Deficiency (Thiamine)?

Vitamin B-1 (also known as thiamine) is used by tissues throughout the body. This vitamin helps turn the foods a child eats into energy and is critical to your health.

Vitamin B-1 deficiency is rare in the United States today.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Vitamin B-1 Deficiency (Thiamine)?

Not getting enough vitamin B-1 can lead to a variety of serious problems with the body’s major systems.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Abnormal eye movements
  • Cognitive (thinking) problems
  • Decreased alertness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart problems
  • Problems with memory
  • Problems with muscle coordination
  • Visual impairment

What are the causes of Pediatric Vitamin B-1 Deficiency (Thiamine)?

When a child doesn’t get enough of this important vitamin from foods or supplements, deficiency can occur. Certain conditions or situations can make a child more susceptible to having a vitamin B-1 deficiency, such as: