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With the nutrition of infants and other children in mind, pediatricians are now giving more attention to the importance of vitamin D in the overall wellbeing of children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants and children should have a daily intake of vitamin D of at least 400 IU, starting soon after birth. This recommendation is based on recent research that this level of vitamin D can be given safely in babies, strengthening their immune system and preventing diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Talk to your pediatrician about the importance of giving vitamin D to your own baby, and the optimal way to administer it.

 

Last Updated
5/28/2013
Source
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (Copyright © 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.