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Infant Vitamins623 Views
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Description: It is extremely important for newborn babies to get their essential vitamins. Watch this video about the importance of infant vitamins.
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While your newborn is eating up a storm, there are SOME vitamins and minerals that your little one may not be getting enough of. Before your infant’s sixth month, she’s probably consuming only formula or breast milk, BOTH of which provide the majority of vitamins and minerals she needs. But there are three nutrients your baby may NOT be getting enough of: Vitamin D, iron, and fluoride. Vitamin D is a nutrient that our bodies make following exposure to sunlight. We also get it from the foods we eat. Small infants, however, should never be in direct sunlight, and therefore cannot produce sufficient amounts of Vitamin D. The bad news is that they can’t get enough from you either, as Vitamin D is one of the only nutrients that is NOT passed in adequate amounts from mother to child through breast milk. Because a Vitamin D-deficiency can lead to a bone disease called rickets, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving your baby daily “D” supplements, starting at age 2 months. Aim for 200 IUs of Vitamin D a day from a supplement like Gerber Vitamin Drops or Tri-Vi-Sol. Tri-Vi-Sol Drops are a particularly popular choice because they offer up Vitamins A and C, along with that daily dose of Vitamin D. Plus, the Tri-Vi-Sol formula is available fortified with iron. Iron is vital for a growing baby, because it is a key component of hemoglobin, which keeps oxygen flowing smoothly through the body. Most babies are born with plenty of iron to last them about six months, at which point they start to consume the nutrient through food, like fortified cereal. But because most of an infant’s iron stores are made during the last months in the womb, a premature baby may need a doctor-specified iron supplement. And just as your baby’s body needs iron, a baby’s teeth need fluoride. This mineral is necessary in children older than six months, as it helps strengthen teeth, and encourages them to grow. Most babies get plenty of fluoride from tap water, but infants who drink bottled or well water may require a fluoride supplement. Fluoride drops are available only by prescription, so talk to your pediatrician if you’re concerned. In fact, talk to the doctor if you’re concerned about ANY vitamins or minerals in your baby’s diet. You’ll be glad for the peace of mind!