Your baby’s diet isn’t complex, so won’t included foods such as eggs and oily fish which contain some vitamin D, and your baby won’t be getting much exposure to sunlight (you are advised to keep her covered up and out of direct sunlight until she is 1 years old) so it’s important you supplement her vitamin D levels. Vitamin D will help her body to absorb calcium and phosphate, which is important for healthy bones and teeth. Supplement as follows:
- All babies and young children aged 6 months to 5 years should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D in the form of vitamin drops, to help her to meet the requirement set for this age group of 7-8.5 micrograms of vitamin D per day.
- However, babies who are fed infant formula will not need vitamin drops until she is receiving less than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day, as these products are fortified with vitamin D.
- If you are breastfeeding your baby and you didn’t take vitamin D supplements throughout pregnancy (you are advised to take 10 micrograms a day during pregnancy and while breastfeeding), your health visitor may advise you to give her vitamin drops containing vitamin D from the age of one month.