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Do Babies Need Vitamin D3 Supplements?

Sep. 26, 2021

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is a topic that is often mentioned in the process of baby feeding. Many mothers ask their babies whether they need vitamin D3 supplements? How should I make up? Today I will talk to you in detail.


What is vitamin D3?

Vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin whose main function is to promote the absorption of calcium and phosphorus by small intestinal mucosal cells. In addition, vitamin D also promotes the growth and differentiation of skin cells and regulates immune function.


What is the role of vitamin D3?

The main function of vitamin D3 is to promote the deposition of calcium in bones and teeth, which is very good for maintaining the health of bones.

Because the calcium in the blood cannot be used directly, vitamin D is needed to bring the calcium in the blood to the bones.


What are the harms of vitamin D deficiency?

If the mother is not aware of the role of vitamin D3 and misses the time to supplement the baby with vitamins, it will affect the baby's bone development, and may even lead to vitamin D deficiency and cause rickets.


When does the child start taking vitamin D3?

Vitamin D3 should be supplemented 15 days after the baby is born, but mothers should also pay attention to the amount of intake, otherwise, there will be a certain degree of harm.


What are the harms of taking too much vitamin D3?

It is indeed harmful to babies to consume vitamin D in large amounts. The role of vitamins is to promote the absorption of calcium. Excessive consumption can lead to hypercalcemia. Parents who want to supplement their children with vitamins can be measured according to the following standards.

The maximum tolerable daily dose for babies of 0-6 months is 1000IU,

7-12 months baby is 1500IU,

1-3 years old is 2500IU,

4-8 years old is 3000IU,

Above 9 years old is the limit of 4000IU to 10000IU.


How to supplement my baby with vitamin D3?


1. Exclusive breastfeeding

In fact, there is almost no vitamin D in breast milk, so babies who are exclusively breastfed also need vitamin D3 supplementation, which can be supplemented in accordance with the amount of 400IU and 600IU.


2. Formula feeding

Some formula milk powder contains vitamin D3, so mothers can calculate the amount of vitamin intake based on the amount of milk the baby drinks every day.


3. Mixed feeding

The method of feeding with milk powder is the same, but the baby who may not be directly fed with formula milk takes in a lot of vitamin D3. Therefore, mothers should pay attention to this point and give their babies vitamin D3 in other ways as much as possible.


4. Does the baby have to supplement vitamin D after adding complimentary food?

In addition to liver, eggs, and marine fish, natural foods contain less vitamin D, and liver, eggs, and marine fish are not high in vitamin D.

One egg yolk only has about 40IU of vitamin D, and the baby eats 10 egg yolks to have 400IU, so adding supplementary food to the baby will not affect the normal vitamin D supplementation at all.


5. Eat before or after meals?

Vitamins are water-soluble, and they are mainly absorbed in the small intestine. If they are eaten before meals, they will stay in the small intestine for too short. Therefore, it is recommended to take vitamins after meals, especially half an hour after meals. The effect is best when taken.


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