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          Vitamin D      From birth to 5 years of age

  • Vitamin D helps to control the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies.

  • Both are needed for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.

  • Vitamin D is found naturally in a small number of foods, including oily fish, red meat, liver and egg yolks. It's also found in fortified foods like breakfast cereals and fat spreads.

  • Our main source of vitamin D is from the action of sunlight on our skin.

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     Infants and Vitamin D Guidelines


  • The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding women take a vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms (or 400 units) daily.


BreastFed Babies


  • Babies from birth to 1 year of age who are being breastfed should be given a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms (µg) of vitamin D to make sure they get enough. This is whether or not you're taking a supplement containing vitamin D yourself.


Infant Formula Fed Babies


  • Babies who have more than 500ml of formula (about a pint) a day don't need a vitamin D supplement as infant formula is already fortified. If less then 500ml, all babies should have a daily 8.5-10mcg vitamin D supplement to make sure they get enough.

  • Children aged 1 to 4 years should have a daily 10mcg vitamin D supplement all year round.


Where to Buy Vitamin D


  • Vitamin D supplements are widely available from local supermarkets and chemists.

  • Vitamins are available free to low-income families through the Healthy Start scheme.

CBHC 2.2.2021] National Health Service 2019 The new guidelines on vitamin D – what you need to know, Thursday July 21 2016,

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. (2008) Public health guidance

PH11. Maternal and Child Nutrition. Updated (2014) Vitamin D: increasing supplement use in at-risk groups

SACN (2016) Vitamin D and Health nd_Health_report.pdf

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