So the AAP recommends that every breast fed baby receive a daily 400 unit dose of vitamin D supplementation. But it’s important for mothers and other caregivers to avoid giving too much vitamin D to their baby. Of particular concern is accidental overdose.
How much vitamin D is too much for a baby?
The upper limit intake (the level above which there is risk of adverse events12) for vitamin D supplementation is 1000 IU/d for infants 0 to 6 months and 1500 IU/d for infants 6 to 12 months. For patients at risk for vitamin D deficiency, the Endocrine Society recommends a higher upper limit of intake, 2000 IU/d.
Will vitamin D hurt a baby?
Your baby needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and phosphorus. Too little vitamin D can cause rickets, a softening and weakening of bones. Since sun exposure — an important source of vitamin D — isn’t recommended for babies, supplements are the best way to prevent vitamin D deficiency.
What happens if you give a baby too much vitamins?
“Most children may not have serious repercussions if they’ve ingested more than the recommended dose of a multivitamin, unless the ingredients include calcium, which can lead to very serious heart conditions including an irregular heartbeat, or iron toxicity which can cause too much acid to build up in your body, …
What happens if I forgot to give my baby vitamin D drops?
A: You should give the drops once a day, every day. But, if you forget one day, it is all right. The vitamin D is stored in the baby and there will be enough to make up for the occasional missed day. Q: If I give the vitamin drops to the baby, will the baby not want to breastfeed?
How do I give my newborn vitamin D?
To give it to your baby, you can:
- Place the dose directly in her mouth when she’s relaxed, such as during her bath or while holding her. …
- 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.
When do babies stop taking vitamin D?
When can I stop giving my baby a vitamin D supplement? All breastfed babies (birth – 12 months) and toddlers (1 – 2 years) need to receive 400 IU of vitamin D supplement until they are 2 years of age, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.
Can I mix vitamin D drops with milk?
Add the drops to a bottle of pumped breast milk. To be sure your baby gets the full dose, mix it with a small amount of milk and feed it to him when he’s hungry so he’s sure to finish it. Then give him the rest of the milk separately.