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Vitamin D for babies.

Most of The Public Health Services around the world recommend that vitamin D3 be given in a uniform dose of 400 international units for all infants regardless of the type of food they receive, from birth until the end of their first year of life. Consult your pharmacist for the appropriate dosage of the product you are purchasing.
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New information in the medical press reported that low levels of vitamin D were also found in some infants who were fed infant formula.


What is the role of vitamin D?

Vitamin D helps absorb calcium from the intestines and build bones. Lack of this vitamin causes damage to bone strength and increased the risk of fracture in children. Vitamin D has additional roles in the proper functioning of many other organs and systems in the body, such as the brain, heart, immune system and more.

Sources for vitamin D?

The body receives vitamin D in three ways: Sun exposure. Foods such as fatty fish, egg yolks, and foods fortified with this vitamin and also Supplements drops or pills.

Why is it recommended to give vitamin D supplements to all babies?

Since the recommendations limiting the exposure of the baby to the sun, and if the baby does not have good nutritional source for vitamin D, it is recommended to give vitamin D3 at a dose of 400 international units per day for each infant during the first year of life.

In the past, infants received a combination of vitamin A and D. The professional committee, which discussed the change in recommendations, concluded that infants receive enough vitamin A in their diets.


Can this dose cause excess vitamin D in formula-fed infants?

A dose of 400 international units per day for a baby does not cause poisoning. 

Is it permissible to give the drops directly from the bottle to the baby`s mouth? 

To avoid vitamin d toxicity, it is advisable to sprinkle the drops into a spoon and give the baby vitamin d with a spoon.

There are two types of vitamin D supplements in the market: vitamin D3 and vitamin D2?

Vitamin D3 is the more active form of  vitamin d and  therefore the recommended form.

How many drops should be given?

Concentration in the preparations of the producing companies. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the parents have an explanation about the recommended amount of vitamin. Parents should consult their pharmacist, doctor, and nurse to ensure that the baby receive the recommended amount.

What is the recommended dose for premature babies?

The recommended dose is 400 units per day, to all babies.

KEEP IN MIND!
Always Consult a Doctor.

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