Vitamin D which is sometimes called “the sunshine vitamin” is really important to include in the diet to support normal bone development and to maintain healthy bones. It is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies can naturally produce vitamin D by the action of sunlight shining on the skin. However, unfortunately for us we live in Ireland! So we don’t get enough here, and even if we did, having your baby exposed to the sunlight is not recommended and can be dangerous for their sensitive skin.
Therefore, it is recommended that ALL babies whether breast or formula fed receive a daily vitamin D drop to make sure that they are getting enough to support their normal bone development.
The department of Health recommends a 5ug (microgram) supplement is given to baby every day from 0-12 months of age.
Choosing a vitamin D supplement
- The supplement should be in liquid from so that it can be given in the form of drops.
- It must contain only vitamin D3
- It must be baby specific
- Always speak to your pharmacist to make sure that the one you are buying is suitable
Remembering to take it and usage
Let’s face it, it can be tough to remember something that you have to do or take daily – add baby brain and the tiredness that comes with a newborn into the mix and it’s a recipe for forgetfulness! But it’s really important not to forget so here are a few tips:
- Put a reminder in your phone to go off at a time you know you will be at home each day
- Leave a note or postit on the fridge door so you see it constantly
- But the bottle of drops right beside something you use for baby every day so you know you will reach for it – beside your feeding pillow, the nappies or their bottle
It’s also important to use the drops correctly:
- Read the instructions carefully and make sure you are giving the correct dosage
- If you are not sure whether you have given the drops or not one day then don’t risk doubling up – just give it the next day as usual
If you have any questions about this please contact our Careline who will be happy to help.