I was searching for a “vitamin D only” supplement for my newborn and all I could find was Trivosol which contains vitamins A, C, and D. I don’t see the need to add vitamins A and C…. I only wanted to add D. I went to a few stores and found nothing. I find this hard to believe given that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping baby out of direct sunlight and giving breastfed babies 400 IU soon after birth.
Where are the marketers when you need them?
So I went someplace I knew had answers: Google. I was happy to find Carlson Vitamin D Baby Drops 400IU 10.3 ml drops. There was only one store in San Diego that sold them and my gracious mother-in-law picked it up for me. I could have ordered it online but time was of the essence.
These drops are very easy to use. You just put a drop on your nipple or bottle and baby sucks it down. You can also use these drops on your older kids by putting a drop in their milk or other beverages. Each little bottle should last a year – there are 365 drops. Pretty cool.
I was surprised that my son’s pediatrician said nothing about vitamin D at our 2-week visit. Maybe it’s because we live in Southern California where the sun shines daily? But like the AAP states in their policy report, it’s impossible to determine if any child or adult is getting enough D from the sun.
Research back in 2010 revealed that most parents do not supplement their babies with vitamin D. I hope that is changing. It’s so easy to do with Carlson Vitamin D Baby Drops!