I was searching for a “vitamin D only” supplement for my newborn and all I could find was Trivosol which contains vitamins A, C and D. I don’t see the need to add vitamins A and C…. I only wanted to add D. I went to a few stores and found nothing. I find this hard to believe now that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 400 IU vitamin D for breastfed infants starting the first few days of life.
Where are the marketers when you need them?
So I went someplace I knew had answers: Google. I was happy to find Carlson Vitamin D Baby Drops 400iu 11 ml drops. There was only one store in San Diego that sold them and my gracious mother-in-law picked it up for me. I could have ordered it online but time was of the essence.
These drops are very easy to use. You just put a drop on your nipple or bottle and baby sucks it down. You can also use these drops on your older kids by putting a drop in their milk or other beverages. Each little bottle should last a year – there are 365 drops. Pretty cool.
I was surprised that my son’s pediatrician said nothing about vitamin D at our 2-week visit. Maybe it’s because we live in Southern California where the sun shines daily? But like the AAP states in their policy report, it’s impossible to determine if any child or adult is getting enough D from the sun.
A recent study showed that one-third of new moms and over half of their infants were deficient in vitamin D at birth. Researchers from the University of Southampton found that women with low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy had children with lower bone density at 9 years of age. And research reveals that up to half of adolescents have insufficient blood levels of vitamin D.
Last year I wrote an article with vitamin D expert Dr. Michael Hollick – Is Your Family at Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency? Speaking with him opened my eyes to the long-term consequences of falling short on the sunshine vitamin – and they go far beyond bone health. If you have some time, check it out.
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