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What about Vitamin D?

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All babies, whether breastfed or formula fed, should be given a 5 microgram (5µg) Vitamin D3 every day until they are 1 year old. Your baby needs a Vitamin D3 supplement for the first year of life because:

  • their food (breastmilk, formula milk or solid foods) may not have enough vitamin D in it,
  • their skin is very sensitive to the sun and should not be exposed to direct sunlight, and
  • in the first year babies grow very quickly and have a greater need for Vitamin D to form strong bones.

The Vitamin D product used should contain only Vitamin D3 and be in a liquid form suitable for infants. For more information on Vitamin D visit hse.ie

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