What is the recommended daily dose of vitamin D for infants in the US?
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 here in the US.
Is this recommendation the same for all infants?
The National Academy of Medicineand 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.
Interested in the guidelines for the UK or Canada? Click here.
- Institute of Medicine. DRIs for Calcium and Vitamin D. November 30, 2010. http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-for-Calcium-and-Vitamin-D/DRI-Values.aspx
- 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
- The Endocrine Society. Evaluation, Treatment, and Prevention of Vitamin D Deficiency: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline. July 2011.https://www.endocrine.org/~/media/endosociety/Files/Publications/Clinical%20Practice%20Guidelines/FINAL-Standalone-Vitamin-D-Guideline.pdf