For proper development of the child it is required to provide him with adequate amounts of vitamins. It is worth to know that while breastfeeding your baby, you should supplement vitamin D, which is produced in breast milk.
Why is Vitamin D3 is so important for a tiny body?
Vitamin D3 is essential for the proper development of the child. Its deficiency can lead to rickets or osteoporosis. Vitamin D as a pro-vitamin can be found in natural products, such as whole milk, eggs and fish. In conjunction with this, sunlight begins to produce vitamin D in the human body. But UK is in the climate zone, where there is not enough of sunlight and the production of such a form of vitamin D is not sufficient to prevent the negative effects of the vitamin D shortage. Therefore, it is important to supplement the proper dosage which you ca discuss with your GP.
The UK Department of Health recommends that all babies aged from 6 months to 5 years should take a Vitamin D supplement.
It is worth to know that vitamin D3 has a positive effect on:
- absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the body,
- proper teeth and bone health,
- proper functioning of the nervous and muscular systems,
- increase the body’s resistance,
- alleviating inflammatory conditions of the skin.
The dosage of vitamin D3 for babies
Vitamin D3 is absorbed very slowly. It takes time for calcium absorption into the body hence it is advisable to take vitamin D while you are pregnant (from the second trimester). It is advised that if mother started supplementing in pregnancy and she continues to take vitamin D when breastfeeding, the daily dose for the breast-fed baby is 400 units. In the case of mixed feeding the dose for your baby should be determined by GP. This is very important because most of the milk formulas contain vitamin D.
The dosage of vitamin D is very important, since both deficiency and excess in the body can bring health problems. In case of deficiency the bones and dental health can be significantly weakened. Therefore the condition can lead to future bone fragility and osteoporosis or poor dentition. However in cases where vitamin D is in excess, it may cause an increase of calcium level in the blood, which leads to dehydration, lack of appetite, frequent constipation, vomiting, general malaise, and for cardiac arrhythmia, renal failure, hypertension or kidney stones. Therefore, it is essential to establish administration of cod liver oil and other vitamin D supplements with GP.
Which vitamin D supplement is the best for babies?
First of all you need liquid form of vitamin D for baby for the best dosage. Drops are great in this case. My best are Natures Aid Health 400iu 50ml Vitamin D3 Drops. It comes as a 50 ml bottle of liquid vitamin D3. Standard dosage for babies and children less than 5 years old is 0.5 ml so the bottle should be enough for about 100 days! Another positive is useful dropper built in the cap which makes dosage really easy without any dirty spoon or separate dropper. Simply squeeze the cap to get the liquid into dropper and place drops onto your nipple or a pacifier and allow baby to suck for 30 seconds. You can as well mix with formula, juice or food or simply put it directly into baby’s mouth. Natures Aid vitamin D is produced in UK, designed for breastfed babies, infants and children, free from sugars, flavourings, preservatives, artificial colours, lactose, yeast and gluten.