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Where We Stand: Vitamin Supplements for Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that healthy children receiving a normal, well-balanced diet do not need vitamin supplementation over and above the recommended dietary allowances (RDA), which includes 400 IU (International Units) of vitamin D a day in infants less than 1 year of age and 600 IU a day for children over 1 year of age.

Megadoses of vitamins—for example, large amounts of vitamins A, C, or D—can produce toxic symptoms. These symptoms can range from nausea to rashes to headaches and sometimes to even more severe medical problems.

Talk with your pediatrician before giving vitamin supplements to your child.

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Adapted from Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 7th Edition (Copyright © 2019 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.
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