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how many IUs of vitamin D are safe for kids to take daily?

i asked our pharmacist yesterday and he did not sound too sure of himself and i do not really have any one else i can ask.


Asked by annanonnymommy at 1:59 PM on Nov. 16, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • My son (17 years old) takes 4,000 IU daily; my daugher (10 years old) takes 2,800. They used to take more but their DAN! doctor recently lowered their dosages.

    Answer by FootballMom85 at 2:04 PM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • I thought if they were eating the right foods they wouldn't need that. There are foods other than milk that contains them, right?

    Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 2:17 PM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • i want them to have a little extra to help fend off winter illnesses - we have been limiting their milk intake due to colds and such, and some days they do not get much from the sun, and i will admit some days i do not feed them as well as i could, or they just will not eat something. they do take a really good multi-vitamin but it does not have much vit D in it.

    Comment by annanonnymommy (original poster) at 3:20 PM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • Our Provincial Health Services recommends that all breastfed babies take 400iu per day. Formula fed babies don't need any because it is included in the formula. Darker skinned babies should take 400iu in the summer and 800iu in the winter. Darker skinned, formula fed babies should take 400iu in the winter.
    Toddlers also need 400iu of Vitamin D a day but can get it from foods like salmon, cow's milk and eggs.
    Babies should have no more than 1000iu a day and toddlers no more than 2000iu
    We live in a colder climate and don't see a lot of sun in the winter.
    You should ask your doctor before giving your child and dietary supplements.

    Answer by tobys.mommy at 5:37 PM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • CALL THEIR DOCTOR. If kids are eating a pretty well balance diet, then they don't need extra vitamins. Every child is different and has different needs, so the only person to tell you for sure is the doctor.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 11:05 PM on Nov. 16, 2010

  • I'd call & ask your pedi

    Answer by Ashlynnsmommy07 at 1:46 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • ask their doctor

    Answer by tonyalynn at 9:34 PM on Nov. 30, 2010