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Does My Baby Need a Vitamin D supplement?

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The most common cause of a vitamin D deficiency is a too low production via the skin as a consequence of insufficient exposure to sunlight due to seasonal  variations, the use of sun creams, too little time spent outdoors, or wearing clothes that cover too much of the body. Furthermore, the capacity of our skin to produce vitamin D declines as we become older and among people with a darker skin. Another cause of vitamin D deficiency is insufficient absorption as a consequence of a dietary inadequacy or a less efficient absorption from the daily food intake.

“While breast milk is the best source of nutrients for babies, it likely won’t provide enough vitamin D. Your baby needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus. Too little vitamin D can cause rickets, a softening and weakening of bones. Since sun exposure — an important source of vitamin D — isn’t recommended for babies younger than 6 months, supplements are the best way to prevent vitamin D deficiency in infants” Dr Hoecker (Mayo Clinic).

When giving your baby liquid vitamin D, make sure you don’t exceed the recommended amount. Carefully read the instructions that come with the supplement and use only the dropper that’s provided. Chewable and gummy vitamins that contain vitamin D are available for older children.

If you have questions about your baby’s need for vitamin D supplements, consult your baby’s doctor.

Colief® Vitamin D3 Drops is a food supplement rich in vitamin D3 and the ideal solution for providing the required dose of vitamin D3. Vitamin D contributes to the normal development of bones and teeth in infants and young children and to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth in mums and mums-to-be. It also helps maintain normal immune system function.

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