Vitamin D is an important nutrient that can be made by your skin when in contact with UV rays from the sun. But as we are moving into the colder winter months, where the sun is a thing of the past it’s important to remember the role of vitamin D in yours, and your little one’s diet.
Vitamin D not only helps support normal bone development, but also contributes to the normal function of the immune system in children.
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Your little one is recommended to have 8.5-10 micrograms a day of vitamin D supplements from birth to 12 months.
For everyone over one year old, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, it is now recommended to have 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day. As dietary sources of vitamin D are few, a low dose daily supplement should be considered.
You can get dietary vitamin D in foods such as oily fish and eggs, foods and drinks with added vitamin D, or in the form of daily supplement.