Breast milk contains almost everything your baby needs for development and good health, including water, protein, carbohydrates, fat, minerals, active enzymes, hormones, growth factos, antimicrobial factors, and vitamins.
However, breast milk typically only contains about 25 IU of vitamin D per litre, or less – much lower than the daily recommended dietary intake. That’s why Health Canada recommends that all breastfed babies receive a supplement of 400 IU of vitamin D every day until their first birthday, or until their diet provides 400 IU of vitamin D from other sources.
Health Canada recommends giving breastfed babies 400 IU (10 mcg) of vitamin D per day until the age of 1, or until the infant’s diet includes at least 400 IU (10 mcg) of vitamin D from other sources.
That means that if you’re breastfeeding, you should begin giving your baby a vitamin D supplement from birth.
Every child is different, which is why PediaVitTM offers two ways to deliver the recommended daily intake of vitamin D.
PediaVitTM Vitamin D3 Drops provide the full daily dose of vitamin D (400 IU) in a single drop. The drop is administered using a specially designed gravity bottle, which ensures a precise dose of vitamin D every time – no measuring required.
PediaVitTM D3 also provides the full daily dose of vitamin D, with 400 IU of vitamin D3 per millilitre. PediaVitTM D3 is administered using a dropper, and the supplement can be added to your child’s beverage or food, or directly into their mouth (it has a cherry flavour).
Absolutely. PediaVitTM D3, PediaVitTM Multi and PediaFerTM Iron Supplement can all be added to beverages or food – do whatever works best for your routine and your child.
PediaVitTM Vitamin D3 Drops should be administered with a single drop on either a nipple (breast or bottle) or fingertip, rather than added directly to food or beverages.
PediaVitTM Multi contains 750 IU of vitamin A, 30 mg of vitamin C and 400 IU of vitamin D. There are no mineral supplements in PediaVitTM Multi.
The dose recommendations for PediaVitTM supplements are based on Health Canada’s daily recommended dietary intake of vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron. Those recommendations are based on age, not weight. However, if you are concerned that your child may be getting too much or too little of a specific vitamin, or iron, talk to your doctor.
PediaVitTM Vitamin D3 Drops do not contain:
artificial flavours, artificial preservatives, gluten, lactose or milk, corn or starch, sugar, sweeteners, wheat or yeast.
PediaVitTM D3, PediaVitTM Multi and PediaFerTM Iron Supplement do not contain:
peanuts or nuts, aspartame, shellfish or fish, gluten, lactose, parabens or soy.
If you are unsure if your child has an allergy to one of the other ingredients in a PediaVitTM product, consult your doctor before use.
PediaVitTM supplements should be stored upright at room temperature (between 15 °C and 30 °C).
PediaVitTM Vitamin D3 Drops should be stored out of reach of children.
PediaVitTM D3, PediaVitTM Multi and PediaFerTM Iron Supplement come with a child-resistant package and dropper.