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Are Vitamin Drops Safe for Babies? Here's What You Need to Know

We know that taking vitamins is important, especially if your body is not getting all the essential minerals and nutrients it needs through the food you eat, but is it safe to give vitamins to your baby?

As a new mom, nothing is more important than the well-being of your infant, and of course, moms are going to wonder whether they need to give their baby supplements or not. The answer to that question is not one you can find on the internet, and you would need to consult with your doctor, but in most cases, breast milk or formula provides enough vitamins for the first four to six, except for Vitamin D, Baby Center reports. Giving babies vitamins is done via a liquid formula, which is referred to as vitamin drops.

Why is Vitamin D (often referred to as the sunshine vitamin) important? Because it helps our bodies absorb calcium, which is needed to build strong teeth and bones, as well as safeguard against long-term health complications. Low levels of Vitamin D could cause rickets in children, or sickness, as Vitamin D reportedly plays a role in helping the immune system.

Another reason for supplements is because babies cannot be exposed to direct sunlight as their skin is very sensitive. Consumer Safety warns that doctors recommend keeping children under six months out of direct sunlight.

But getting the right dose of Vitamin D is extremely important and this should be prescribed by the infant’s doctor because your child will require specific dosing instructions and high amounts of vitamins could be harmful. According to Blog.Vitamin Drops, there are detailed warnings on packages and adverts to alert parents to the dosing. Mistakes can also happen when parents accidentally purchase the wrong Vitamin D liquid — for example, buying the concentrated, higher doses of the adult vitamin D liquid, instead of the less concentrated version for babies.

The takeaway? Consult a medical professional before administering any vitamins to your infant, and if they do recommend vitamin drops then consult them on which dropping products are the safest. Babies after six months reportedly also require supplements of Vitamin A and C.

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