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When do I need to give my babies vitamins?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Breast fed babies require vitamins after 2 weeks because of the dependence of the baby on mom's nutritional status.
Vitamin a, d and c may be lacking. Bottle fed babies do not require vitamins for the first 6 months. After 6 months theoretical healthy well balanced meals may obviate the need for vitamins. This is theoretical and since our water has no Fluoride we recommend a multivitamin with f.

In brief: Yes

Breast fed babies require vitamins after 2 weeks because of the dependence of the baby on mom's nutritional status.
Vitamin a, d and c may be lacking. Bottle fed babies do not require vitamins for the first 6 months. After 6 months theoretical healthy well balanced meals may obviate the need for vitamins. This is theoretical and since our water has no Fluoride we recommend a multivitamin with f.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine

In brief: Yes

Begin providing supplemental vitamin d soon after birth.
Many families spend the first week or so getting settled with feeding their baby before beginning supplementation. Currently it is recommended that all babies (breast or formula fed) start supplemental vitamin d. Check with your doctor for the proper dose. Continue daily vitamin d supplement through adulthood.

In brief: Yes

Begin providing supplemental vitamin d soon after birth.
Many families spend the first week or so getting settled with feeding their baby before beginning supplementation. Currently it is recommended that all babies (breast or formula fed) start supplemental vitamin d. Check with your doctor for the proper dose. Continue daily vitamin d supplement through adulthood.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

All the breast-fed infants should get 400 iu of vitamin d supplement daily.
Providing supplemental vitamins to the toddlers whose diet is typically not well balanced would be desirable. The infants and children who have fat malabsorption need to be on vitamin supplementation, a, d, e and k.

In brief: Yes

All the breast-fed infants should get 400 iu of vitamin d supplement daily.
Providing supplemental vitamins to the toddlers whose diet is typically not well balanced would be desirable. The infants and children who have fat malabsorption need to be on vitamin supplementation, a, d, e and k.
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Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

It appears that a fair number of children benefit from vitamin d supplementation starting at birth if breast fed and when cow's milk is started for the others.
This is based upon research that as many as 1/3 of kids are not receiving enough vitamin d or sunlight or both.Thus safety dictates a vitamin d supplement for protection.

In brief: Yes

It appears that a fair number of children benefit from vitamin d supplementation starting at birth if breast fed and when cow's milk is started for the others.
This is based upon research that as many as 1/3 of kids are not receiving enough vitamin d or sunlight or both.Thus safety dictates a vitamin d supplement for protection.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

The general recommendation is that babies who are mostly breastfed, or completely breastfed, should be given extra vitamin d.
It is believed that breastmilk alone may not provide enough vitamin d. Trivisol or polyvisol drops can be used, starting from about age 3 months (they also contain some other vitamins). Baby formula and toddler formula have the vitamins already added in.

In brief: Yes

The general recommendation is that babies who are mostly breastfed, or completely breastfed, should be given extra vitamin d.
It is believed that breastmilk alone may not provide enough vitamin d. Trivisol or polyvisol drops can be used, starting from about age 3 months (they also contain some other vitamins). Baby formula and toddler formula have the vitamins already added in.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Breast fed babies should start a liquid vitamin, with iron and 400 units of vitamin d, at 2 months old.
Formula fed babies can be given vitamins as well, but usually receive enough through the formula. I apologize for the yes snapshot answer, but it's all healthtap would allow for some reason.

In brief: Yes

Breast fed babies should start a liquid vitamin, with iron and 400 units of vitamin d, at 2 months old.
Formula fed babies can be given vitamins as well, but usually receive enough through the formula. I apologize for the yes snapshot answer, but it's all healthtap would allow for some reason.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics

In brief: No

There is no perfect time or age to start vitamin.
It depends on indvidual needs. It is recommended by aap that if you infant is exclusively breast fed or mostly breast fed should take vitamin d.

In brief: No

There is no perfect time or age to start vitamin.
It depends on indvidual needs. It is recommended by aap that if you infant is exclusively breast fed or mostly breast fed should take vitamin d.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
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