And How Much? All children need vitamin D beginning shortly after birth. Children younger than 12 months old need 400 IU of vitamin D each day. Children 12 to 24 months old need 600 IU of vitamin D each day.
Can you give a baby too much vitamin D?
Vitamin D toxicity in infants is not uncommon, and has been reported as early as the 1930s, usually due to antirachitic treatment with very high doses of vitamin D.
Are vitamin D drops necessary for breastfed babies?
Drops should be given on a daily basis for babies who are breastfed. Your child’s doctor might ask you to supplement your breastfed baby’s diet with vitamin D drops. These drops can help protect your child against rickets and sure up their bone health.
How much vitamin D does a baby need formula?
From birth, all breastfed babies should be given a daily supplement of vitamin D (8.5 to 10mcg). But if your baby is having more than 500ml (about a pint) of first infant formula a day, they do not need a supplement because formula is already fortified with vitamin D.
How much vitamin D is safe for a baby?
How Much Vitamin D Does My Child Need? Vitamin D is measured in international units (IU). Babies younger than 1 year old need 400 IU of vitamin D a day. Baby formula has 400 IU per liter, so babies who drink at least 32 ounces of formula each day get enough.
What happens if you give baby too much vitamin D drops?
Excessive vitamin D can cause nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constipation, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, muscle and joint aches, confusion, and fatigue and even cause serious damage to kidneys, the FDA says.
Is 2000 IU of vitamin D safe?
Nearly all vitamin D overdoses come from supplements. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board’s old 1997 recommendations suggested that 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D is safe for adults and that 1,000 IU per day is safe for infants up to 12 months of age.
When should I give my baby vitamin D drops?
If you’re feeding your baby less than 32 ounces (about 1 liter) a day of vitamin D-fortified formula, give your baby 400 IU of liquid vitamin D a day — starting in the first few days after birth. Continue giving your baby vitamin D until he or she drinks at least 32 ounces (about 1 liter) a day.
Can you add vitamin D drops to breast milk?
Mix the vitamin D drops in with baby’s formula or expressed breastmilk in a bottle. Put the drop directly on your nipple before breastfeeding. This works best if the dose is only one drop.
What happens if you forget to give your baby vitamin D?
I forgot to give my infant a vitamin D drops!
It’s okay if you forget most days, or you didn’t know to supplement your baby.
When do breastfed babies need vitamin D?
SUMMARY. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (a global organisation) recommends that “The breastfeeding infant should receive vitamin D supplementation for a year, beginning shortly after birth in doses of 10–20 lg/day (400–800 IU/day) (LOE IB).