Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for babies and children.

  • If babies and small children don’t get enough vitamin D they can get a disease called rickets.

  • Eating foods with vitamin D and giving vitamin D drops helps build strong, healthy bones and prevent rickets.

To help babies and children have strong bones and teeth:

  • Give a vitamin D supplement every day.

  • Feed foods with vitamin D.

What foods have vitamin D?

  • There is vitamin D in country food:

    • Fish

    • Fish eggs

    • Bird eggs

    • Maktaaq

  • Vitamin D is also in some store-bought foods.

    • Milk and chocolate milk

    • Eggs

    • Canned fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines

    • Some yogurt

    • Margarine

To help prevent rickets, pregnant and nursing women also need to eat foods with vitamin D and take a vitamin D supplement every day.

  • If a pregnant woman doesn’t get enough vitamin D, the baby she is carrying might develop rickets later on.

  • Rickets is a very painful disease for babies and young children. It makes their bones get soft and bend.

  • You need a vitamin D tablet every day during pregnancy and breastfeeding, no matter what season it is.

  • Taking a vitamin D tablet while pregnant and breastfeeding will help your baby have strong bones and teeth.

  • Vitamin D tablets are easy to take and don’t make you feel sick.