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Now Babies Get Too Much Vitamin D

By Madeline Holler |

Moms who heeded the American Academy of Pediatrics advice on giving their breastfed babies Vitamin D supplements — to stave off rickets and all that — prepare to tear your hair out.

The Food and Drug Administration is now warning that some babies may be getting too much.

According to the FDA, some of the droppers for the liquid supplements allow for extra-large doses that hold more than the 400 international units per day — the amount recommended by the AAP. Too much Vitamin D can cause nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst and frequent urination and other symptoms.

Vitamin D is necessary to help the body absorb calcium, which is necessary for developing healthy bones.

The FDA called on manufacturers to include droppers that are clearly marked for the 400 iu levels. And that supplements meant specifically for infants should include droppers that hold no more than 400 iu.

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Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Now Babies Get Too Much Vitamin D

  1. Jen says:

    I wish I could say I am surprised, but it seems like every few years everything that was good becomes bad and vice versa. I’ve pretty much stopped listening to all of it.

  2. Nat says:

    Thanks for posting this informative article.

    Baby Ddrops is a brand that provides the full 400 IU Vitamin D3 in 1 single drop. If parents administer according to the dosing instructions, they have full control over how many drops they give to their infant:

    * Put one drop onto mother’s nipple or a pacifier and allow baby to suck for half a minute.

    * Ddrops™ products, including Baby Ddrops™ are designed to be dropped onto a clean surface, then licked off the clean surface rather than dropped directly into the baby’s mouth. This allows the eurodropper to not come in contact with the baby (keeping it free of contamination). This method also allows easy monitoring of the number of drops dispensed from the dropper prior to the baby taking in the product.

    For more info on Baby Ddrops and its recommended dosing:

  3. anon says:

    I am a big believer in vitamin supplements but still refused to give any D to my baby or kid. While I was breastfeeding, I knew the baby got all its nutritional needs because I ate a balanced diet…not to mention we got outside a bit each day. Now, I know also my kid gets plenty of sun exposure…and, in addition regular milk has vitamin D added. So, there you have it…

  4. Baltimore Mom says:

    I gave my first baby Vitamin D supplements because my pede said so and I thought she was God. With the second, I skipped them. She does not and did not have rickets.
    I keep reading about how so many adults are Vit D deficient, but when my doctor tested me, my levels were absolutely normal. Like anon above, we eat well and spend plenty of time outside. Plus, we’re all very fair, so I guess that’s a factor too.

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