*Update 07/21/16: Public Health England has released new recommendations for the entire UK population. Read more here.

What are the vitamin D recommendations for infants in the United Kingdom? How much vitamin D should you give your baby? We get asked this question a lot!

With all of the different articles and recommendation groups, vitamin D recommendations can become confusing.  Luckily, we’re here to help. While we here at Ddrops cannot recommend dosing to your specific needs, we can provide you with the dosing information specifically for infants from many expert groups here in the United Kingdom.

The UK Department of Health recommends that children under 5 years of age receive a daily vitamin D supplement of 7-8.5 micrograms in the form of drops a day[1]. If infants receive infant formula, they may not require a vitamin D supplement, as these products are typically already fortified with vitamin D.   Once an infant receives more than 500ml of infant formula a day, vitamin D supplements are usually not required unless recommended by a healthcare professional.  Below is a summary of vitamin D recommendations from UK expert groups:

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Please remember your healthcare practitioner would be the best person to speak with regarding your specific needs around vitamin D supplementation.

[1] Vitamins and minerals – Vitamin D. NHS.  http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-minerals/pages/vitamin-d.aspx

[2] British Paediatric and Adolescent Bone Group’s position statement on vitamin D deficiency BMJ 2012;345:e8182 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e8182 (Published 3 December 2012)

[3] Vitamin D: Increasing Supplements use among at-risk groups. NICE. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph56