Updated Prenatal Directory Joomag Prenatal Directory Update July 2017 - Page 23

Selkirk Medical Group Information for Parents ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Vitamin D for Babies Why is vitamin D important? Vitamin D is needed to build strong bones and teeth. It may also play a role in reducing the risk of many chronic diseases. Does my baby need a vitamin D supplement? If so, how much? All babies fed any amount of breastmilk need 400 international units (IU) of a liquid vitamin D supplement. Start giving it once a day as soon as possible following birth, or as directed by your doctor.  If your baby is fed only breastmilk: give your baby 400IU of liquid vitamin D daily  If your baby is fed both breastmilk and formula: give your baby 400 IU of liquid vitamin D daily.  If your baby is fed only infant formula: your baby does not need a vitamin D supplement, unless your doctor recommends one. Infant formula contains vitamin D. Choosing a vitamin D supplement:   Vitamin D for babies and toddlers comes in a liquid form. Find it at your local pharmacy Choose a brand with 400 IU vitamin D3 (not vitamin D2 and not a mix of vitamins) unless your doctor recommends a certain type or dose. I am taking a vitamin D supplement myself. Does my breastfed baby still need a vitamin D supplement? Yes, your breastfed baby still needs 400 IU of liquid vitamin D given once daily. Getting enough vitamin D is still important for your own health. Adults need 600 IU of vitamin D daily. What if I forget to give my baby the supplement? Give your baby the supplement when you remember—but don’t give more than one dose a day. Do not give extra to make up for missed days. What if my baby keeps spitting up the liquid vitamin D? It is very important that your baby receives the Vitamin D so you might try:  Giving it at a different time of day and before feeding, not after.  A different brand such as a product that gives 400IU in one drop instead of 1 ml Why can’t I rely on the sun to meet my child’s vitamin D needs?   In Canada, we can’t make vitamin D from the sun during the months from October to March. In the summer, young children’s skin needs to be protected from the sun, even on cloudy days. When our skin is well protected, it cannot make vitamin D from the sun. This information is from Interior Health’s Vitamin D for Babies and Toddlers handout. For more info see: https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourHealth/InfantsChildren/Documents/VitaminD.pdf 21