Vitamins for infants- necessary or not?
What do you think about vitamins for infants? Are you giving any to your little ones? For me the most important thing is my healthy little bug. I am able to do almost everything to provide him good wellbeing. That’s why I was asking midwives and nurses if I should give to LP any vitamins especially K and D. The answer was ‘NO’ because my baby got injection with vit K in the first hours after birth. My first thought? ‘Hmmm…ok but what with vit D and only one injection is enough? Time for some research’ (curiosity is my second name:D).
Maybe I will start from the beginning and explain why these nutrients are so important. Vitamin D helps to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. It is needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. A lack of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, and bone pain and tenderness as a result of a condition called osteomalacia in adults.
Vitamin D is produced by the body during exposure to sunlight, but is also found in oily fish, eggs and fortified food products. So it’s normal that infants are particularly vulnerable to vitamin D deficiency because they eat only milk. Also they born with low vitamin D stores. That’s why from birth to one year they need appropriate doses.
Safe upper levels of intake set by the Scientific Committee on Food are 25 µg vitamin D per day for infants and children up to 10 years of age, and 50 µg per day for the rest of the population. In comparison, the IOM has defined vitamin D daily safe upper intake levels of 25 µg for infants aged 0-6 months, 37.5 µg for infants aged 6-12 months, 62.5 µg for infants aged 1-3 years, 75 µg for children aged 4-8 years and 100 µg for people aged 9 years and older.
Now a little bit info about vit K which has several important functions. For example, it’s needed for blood clotting, which means it helps wounds to heal properly and prevent uncontrolled bleeding. If your baby has a deficiency of vitamin K, he may spontaneously bruise or bleed. Probably is the main reason why babies get injection (with vit K) in 24hrs after birth. One injection is all your baby needs, and it gives him immediate cover. Is good to know that breastfeeding soon after birth and on demand will also help to boost your baby’s own vitamin K levels. Colostrum contains more vitamin K than later breastmilk and feeding on demand will help to maximise your baby’s intake.
Seems like Vitamins D and K are very important for healthy baby growth. After my research I decided to give all necessary nutrition to my LP. He started taking vit D one month after birth and probably will continuous to 1 year. I believe that injection with vit K when he born was enough for him. What I can’t understand is lack of information from specialist as midwives and doctors. I never heard from them that I should think about extra vitamination. Especially that new moms not always has knowledge abut infant nutrition. I can only sat that sometimes is better to listen your own intuition.
Did you have the same experience with no information from specialists?Probably yes so I’m waiting for your comments what did you do in that case.
1.Institute of Medicine. (2010). DRIs for Calcium and Vitamin D. Available at:vitd report
2.Scientific Committee on Food. (2002). Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Food on the Tolerable Upper Intake Level of Vitamin D. Available at:vitD