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How Long on Vitamin D?

 

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How long should my child be on vitamin D drops? She is currently 9 1/2 months old and we have been giving them to her since she was around 7 months old.  She is eating stage 2 and 3 baby food three times a day (as much as she will let us feed to her) and is still formula fed (enfamil nutramigen). If you could provide any insight about this I would really appreciate.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children birth to 18 years old get 400 IU of vitamin D each day. The AAP prefers vitamin supplementation over sunshine for older children because they are worried about the risk of skin cancer. While I agree that sunlight has risks, I’ll take natural sunshine over a manmade supplement hands down.

We do not give our children supplemental vitamin D. Our Gordon family philosophy is that outdoor time is essential for a child’s health (physical and mental). Our kids easily get the needed vitamin D each day with a whole lot of other outdoor goodness.

I recommend you continue to supplement your daughter with vitamin D until she is getting it on her own. For light skinned individuals an average of 10 minutes of sun exposure a day that should be more than enough vitamin D. People with darker skin require greater sun exposure to absorb their vitamin D. She is probably already getting her required amount through sun exposure and her formula.

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see Vitamin D for Breast Fed Infants

 

 

 

Updated July 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Windermere Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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