What is the recommended daily dose of vitamin D for infants in the US?

November 8, 2018

How much vitamin D should you give your baby? What are the vitamin D recommendations for infants in the United States? We get asked these questions a lot!

Is my child considered an ‘infant’?

Your child is considered to be an infant until their first birthday. After that, they fall into the category of toddlers to teens, and health authorities have different recommendations for them.

How much vitamin D should I give my baby?

Every child is different, and we cannot recommend dosing specific to your child’s needs. We can, however, provide you with the recommended vitamin D dosing for infants from many groups in the United States.

Is this recommendation the same for all infants?

The National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that all breastfed, healthy term babies receive a daily vitamin D supplement of 400 IU a day until one year of age.

Infants who are partially breastfed or receive less than 1L of formula per day should also receive a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU.

Your healthcare practitioner is the best person to speak with regarding your specific needs around vitamin D supplementation.

Looking for vitamin D recommendations for toddlers to teens, for adults, or pregnant women in the US?

Interested in the guidelines for the UK or Canada? Click here.

  1. The National Academy of Medicine. DRIs for Calcium and Vitamin D. November 30, 2010. http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/reports/2010/dietary-reference-intakes-for-calcium-and-vitamin-d.aspx
  2. The American Academy of Pediatrics. Kids and Vitamin D Deficiency. October 18, 2012. http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/Kids-and-Vitamin-D-Deficiency.aspx
  3. The Endocrine Society. Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. July 2011. https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/96/7/1911/2833671
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