Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that it needed for the normal growth and development of bone in children and the maintenance of bone growth in adults. Baby D also contributes to the normal function of the immune system. Vitamin D contributes to normal absorption/utilisation of calcium and phosphorus, blood calcium levels, function of the immune system, as well as playing a role in process of cell division. Vitamin D also contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, muscle function and teeth.
Babies are born with a certain level of vitamin D. Their vitamin D level depends on the amount of vitamin D transferred from the mother at birth. In breastfed babies vitamin D levels depend on a combination of the amount of vitamin D consumed in the mothers’ diet and the mothers’ production of vitamin D by the skin through exposure to sunlight. The level of Vitamin D transferred from the mother at birth falls dramatically after 3-4 weeks unless additional sources are made available. In the general population it is thought that the intake of vitamin D is below the recommended amount, indeed in northerly latitudes such as the Ireland and UK it is thought that optimal transfer of vitamin D to a baby may not occur due to poor maternal vitamin D status in pregnancy
Where do we get Vitamin D from?
Cholecalciferol (D3) is the most potent form of vitamin D and is made in the skin when it is exposed to sunlight. Factors which affect vitamin D levels include: exposure to the sun, latitude, skin pigmentation, use of sunscreen, obesity, cultural habits or lifestyle. Vitamin D is found naturally in certain foods such as: oily fish, dairy products, egg yolk, liver and is also in food products fortified with vitamin D.
Baby D is a food supplement which contains cholecalciferol (vitamin D3). Baby D is a specially formulated oral solution of vitamin D3 which comes in a 30 mL amber coloured bottle.
Baby D comes with a unique oral dosing syringe which has the recommended doses marked, allowing Baby D to be easily measured and accurately administered to infants, young children and adults on a daily basis.