Vitamin D and Your Baby

Vitamin D is necessary for normal growth and development of your baby’s bones and teeth. Infants who are exclusively breastfed are at greater risk of becoming D deficient, because human milk does not contain enough vitamin D. Breastfeeding is good for both mother and the baby, and it is always encouraged. However, formula milk is fortified with vitamin D and it should be included in the baby’s diet. Your doctor will tell you how to combine formula with your own breast milk properly.

Vitamin D deficiency in babies is usually characterized by non-specific symptoms and it is very difficult to recognize. Tooth delay, irritability, soft skull, pain in muscles and low immunity are some of the symptoms. Rickets can result from severe deficiency.

Your baby can get natural vitamin D when the weather is sunny. However, you should not expose your child to the sun when it’s too strong! This can cause skin burns and other problems, because babies are more sensitive than adults are. If you have a toddler, he will be able to consume most dairy products and mashed eggs. These foods are good sources of vitamin D, but the quantities found in these foods are not satisfactory. Consult your child’s doctor about the best sources of vitamin D for your kid.