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Vitamins for babies

Vitamin D helps babies' bones develop properly.

From birth to 5 years old, babies and young children should have a daily vitamin D supplement. They can have this in the form of vitamin drops up until the age of 4 years.

Vitamin D

Breastfed babies

From birth to 1 year, if you are breastfeeding your baby they should have a daily supplement containing 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D.

This applies whether you are partially or exclusively breastfeeding, and whether you are taking a supplement containing vitamin D yourself.

Formula-fed babies

If your baby is having 500ml (about a pint) of formula milk a day, they do not need a vitamin D supplement as formula is already fortified with vitamin D and other nutrients.

Where can I buy vitamin D?

You can buy drops containing vitamin D for babies at pharmacies and supermarkets.

Read more about vitamins for babies and children.

Healthy Start

If you're more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy vitamins via Healthy Start.

If you are eligible, you'll be sent a Healthy Start card that you can use to buy vitamin drops (suitable from birth to 4 years).

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