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Baby gets 8oz formula and about 22oz of breast milk. Do we still need to give vitamin D drops? Can I take extra Vitamin D to pass thru breast milk?

Baby gets 8oz formula and about 22oz of breast milk. Do we still need to give vitamin D drops? Can I take extra Vitamin D to pass thru breast milk?

But D supplement: Breast feeding is aimed of the best things you can do for your baby, but Vitamin D is not readily available in breast milk. Even with partial supplementation with formula, Vitamin D drops for your baby as a precautionary measure would be wise. ...Read more

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I'm exclusively breastfeeding my 9months old boy. At night also 2-3 times when he is fussy. Bad for him? (Give vitamin D regularly)

I'm exclusively breastfeeding my 9months old boy. At night also 2-3 times when he is fussy. Bad for him? (Give vitamin D regularly)

Introduce food: An otherwise healthy 9 month old should be eating soft foods by now. Food should be introduced between 4 and 6 months of age to promote fine motor movements of the tongue and mouth, increase iron stores, and promote a healthy GI system. You may continue to breast feed at the same time, and his primary source of nutrition is still milk. Speak with your pediatrician if there are medical concerns ...Read more

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How do I give vitamin d to my infant?

How do I give vitamin d to my infant?

Many ways: It's in formula and supplementary vitamins. Follow your pediatrician's advice about vitamin supplementation. ...Read more

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Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

No: If your baby is fully formula fed, they should be getting enough vitamin d (400 iu/day) and should not need a supplement. If they are both formula and breast fed, you may need to supplement them with vitamin d if they are not getting 400 iu/day. ...Read more

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If breastfeeding Mom has high vitamin D (62ng/ml), do we still need to give Vitamin D supplement to 2 month old? Thanks!

Yes: You still need to give vitamin D for newborn. After baby is borne they have separate stores, so they need vit D regardless of mom store ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to give vitamin D supplements to my breastfed baby? Doesn’t human milk have all the essential nutrients for babies?

Why is it necessary to give vitamin D supplements to my breastfed baby? Doesn’t human milk have all the essential nutrients for babies?

Yes: Human breast milk indeed is nutritionally complete - provided the mother is complete - if the mother has an adequate blood level of vitamin d so will her milk. Simply put - if she is a breastfeeding lifeguard who doesn't use sunscreen - her milk is perfect. If she stays inside - an oral supplement of at least 5000iu will provide adequate levels in her milk. ...Read more

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What is the best time of day to take vitamin d? Should it be taken with food?

What is the best time of day to take vitamin d? Should it be taken with food?

Anytime: There are no rules about the best time of day to take supplements. Take them when they agree with you most. Many people find taking pills of any kind as part of a morning routine is easier to remember, so taking them with breakfast is a popular option. ...Read more

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Can time of day be important for synthesizing vitamin d from sunlight?

Can time of day be important for synthesizing vitamin d from sunlight?

Crucial: Vitamin d is synthesized from uvb rays & uvb rays only reach us when the sun is greater than 50 degrees above the horizon- that it why most americans can't make any d in the fall & winter when the sun is never that high. In summer months we can produce d best when the sun is high, usually 10-3. See http://articles. Mercola. Com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/26/maximizing-vitamin-d-exposure. Aspx. ...Read more

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What time of day should I take my vitamin d supplements?

What time of day should I take my vitamin d supplements?

With largest meal: I think, for individuals who are currently supplementing with vitamin d to take this with their largest evening meal. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my 11month baby (vitamin d) drops in winter?

Is it safe to give my 11month baby (vitamin d) drops in winter?

Safe and wise: Babies need vit d just as much as adults- probably even more as it is essential for bone growth ; immune function. The vitamin d council recommends infants get 1000- 2000 iu of d a day in winter months (and year-round if your baby does not get adequate mid-day sun). ...Read more

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I am giving my baby 16 months vitamin D 4 drops daily when can I stop it?

I am giving my baby 16 months vitamin D 4 drops daily when can I stop it?

Vitamin D supplement: Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common in both children and adults. If you are no longer breast feeding, you can stop the supplements whenever you feel is appropriate, but pay careful attention and make sure your toddler is eating plenty of foods with Vitamin D and plays in the sunshine regularly. ...Read more

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I have vitamin d level at 11.2, how much time it will take to recover it and please give me advice to recover it.

I have vitamin d level at 11.2, how much time it will take to recover it and please give me advice to recover it.

Low vitamin D3: There is a group of patients who do not absorb vitamin D3 efficiently. They seem to require higher doses of oral D3 (6000 to 10000 units daily) to achieve adequate blood levels, (between 40 and 70). Don't give up, stay on your vitamin D3 and get an annual blood level. Be well. ...Read more

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How often do I give the vitamin d drops?

How often do I give the vitamin d drops?

See below: This should be based upon your physicians recommendation. Usually once a day is what is recommended. ...Read more

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How long do I keep giving the vitamin d drops?

See below: Since we cannot store vitamin d. Once it is established that we must take it then it is forever until we start taking pills. ...Read more

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When should I start giving the vitamin d drops?

Before 2 months: All breast-fed infants should receive 400 iu of vitamin d per day beginning within the first 2 months of life. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's true that only staying in the sun before 10 am gives you vitamin d, but not at later times?

Can you explain if it's true that only staying in the sun before 10 am gives you vitamin d, but not at later times?

Sun: Not true!
It depends on the season and the weather.
In the summer the you are prone to vitamin D excess.
In the winter you will be well covered up and you should take 1000 or 2000 units of vitamin daily. They come in bottles without prescription and are not expensive. ...Read more

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How can I give 3 mon old vitamin d tabs. There are no drops available in Germany. Ped & hospitals only give tabs. Can I give in milk? With spoon difficul

How can I give 3 mon old vitamin d tabs. There are no drops available in Germany. Ped & hospitals only give tabs. Can I give in milk? With spoon difficul

Keep searching: Surely your baby is not the only VitD deficient infant in Germany :) Consult with your local pharmacist for product availability, talk to the Ped. Consider having a "care package" sent from U.S. or order from a trusted internet source for home delivery. Make sure that You are taking enough VitaminD (I assume you are breast feeding) and don't forget to take advantage of any available sunshine! ...Read more

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What could be causing my breast fed 6 month old to be constipated? Could it be the vitamin d drops I've been giving him or something else?

What could be causing my breast fed 6 month old to be constipated? Could it be the vitamin d drops I've been giving him or something else?

Doubt the drops a pb: Changes in stooling are often related to changes in diet.Rice cereal & bananas are common constipating agents while juices often loosen stool. Constipation is often a misapplied term. If it is soft but not every day I don't consider it constipation. Rabbit pellets or harder I apply the term. ...Read more

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When it is recommended to give calcium to infant? I have eight months child I give him only vitamin d drops. ..He got one teeth only and didn't crawl?

When it is recommended to give calcium to infant? I have eight months child I give him only vitamin d drops. ..He got one teeth only and didn't crawl?

Calcium supplement: As long as the child has a balanced diet including milk and vitamin supplement, he should be ok for now. Expect him to crawl soon, but you need to keep him on the floor to learn it, if he is all the time held in a swing all the times. ...Read more

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I give my infant 4 drops of iron supplement and 2 drops of vitamin d, is it better after or before meal (milk)?

I give my infant 4 drops of iron supplement and 2 drops of vitamin d, is it better after or before meal (milk)?

Iron;milk together: It is best to administer iron supplements and milk at different times. Vitamin d on the other hand is best administered with milk. ...Read more

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Can I prevent rickets in my exclusively breast-fed child through sun exposure alone? I exclusively breast-feed my son. Is it possible to prevent rickets with sun exposure instead of giving him vitamin d drops?

Can I prevent rickets in my exclusively breast-fed child through sun exposure alone? I exclusively breast-feed my son. Is it possible to prevent rickets with sun exposure instead of giving him vitamin d drops?

Probably yes: Rickets is a metabolic bone disease related to vitamin D deficiency. It is associated with severe malnutrition, and on rare conditions, genetic defects of metabolism. Vitamin D is necessary to convert calcium to its usable, absorbable form. There are dietary sources of vitamin D as well as vitamin D conversion with sunlight exposure. Unless your child is severely malnourished, they should be ok. ...Read more

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My baby was prescribed nystatin for thrush on his tongue. Is it safe to still give him vitamin d drops while taking this? Thank you

My baby was prescribed nystatin for thrush on his tongue. Is it safe to still give him vitamin d drops while taking this? Thank you

Thrush: Nystatin is safe to give. I would give the vit d 1 hour after nystatin. Was the baby prescribed vit d? Young infants should not need vit d and you should consult your pediatrician if not prescribed to be sure the dose is safe. ...Read more

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What is the best time to take vitamin d, night or day?

Does not matter: It does not matter when you take vitamin d, sometimes taking after food can help if it causes stomach upset. ...Read more

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Is vitamin d better absorbed with meals or at certain times of day?

Is vitamin d better absorbed with meals or at certain times of day?

Better with meal: Best with food ; caution with some prescription medications. Antacids, Lipitor (atorvastatin) hypertensives. ...Read more

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So nervous about taking 50000 units of vitamin d... What time of the day do you recommend taking it? During eating? Or after?

So nervous about taking 50000 units of vitamin d... What time of the day do you recommend taking it? During eating? Or after?

Don't Take D2!!!: This is the wrong kind of vit. D to take! The 50, 000 unit dose of vit d is the prescription form, vitamin d2. Research has shown this type does more harm than good, increasing mortalityi I advise that most adults take 5000 units/day of vitamin d3 to achieve optimal levels. Take after a meal. See http://articles. Mercola. Com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/30/taking-the-right-type-of-vitamin-d.Aspx. ...Read more

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How long do I need to expose my body to the sun (per day) to get vitamin d and sun benefits? Is it fine at any time of the day?

Latitude and time: During summer, you need about 20 min at mid day, longer at other times of day. In winter, or extreme northern latitudes, it takes longer. This is why there is usually a seasonal winter drop in blood vit d levels. ...Read more

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Do I have to give my baby one year 3 months old vitamin d as he is not exposing to sun every day?

Vitamin D: Probably not necessary but it won't hurt to give one dose a week of 500 mg, As he gets older you can gradually increase the dose by day. ...Read more

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Do I give my child who turns one next week whole milk or vitamin D milk and how much a day?

Cow's Milk: At 1 yo we recommend starting cow's milk. It depends on the patient's weight, but you can start with whole milk and then your pediatrician will tell you according to his weight of another type is needed (skim, 1 or 2%). Most whole milk in the US is fortified with Vit D. Limit the amount to 16oz a day. Too much milk can cause iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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How do I treat severe Vitamin D deficiency (5ng/ml or 13nmol/L). I spend at least 1 hour in the sun each day, uncovered but only 20 minutes at a time.

Many people take: 5, 000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily when their D level is low. It comes in capsule form and can be found in health food stores. Check w/doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My vitamin d is 20. Can that be the cause of my muscle twitching? They twitch several times a day sometimes more

My vitamin d is 20. Can that be the cause of my muscle twitching? They twitch several times a day sometimes more

Not vitamin D: The mildly low vitamin d level is not a cause. See a neurologist to look to other causes. ...Read more

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A typing error of a pharmacist for vitamin d prescription of 50.000 u. 3 times a wk for a mo, was written 3 times a day per a month, consequences?

Typing error: The scenario you describe is potentially problematic. I don't want to be an alarmist, but I have seen cases of kidney damage from vitamin D toxicity. Toxicity is a risk for overdosing vitamin D and other fat soluble vitamin.
Stop the vitamin D and get your level checked ASAP. ...Read more

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Can vitamin d, fish oil, and vitamin C be taken at the same time? Or should they be spaced out through the day?

Can vitamin d, fish oil, and vitamin C be taken at the same time? Or should they be spaced out through the day?

OK to take together: It is fine to take these together. Vitamin d and fish oil are best taken after a meal as they are fat-soluble. Vitamin c can be taken any time but is best taken at least twice a day, as it is not stored in the body (unlike d and fish oil) so will only stay in our bodies for several hours. ...Read more

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