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Baby Wellness: Vitamins for Babies

When I went in for my daughter's six month check-up, the pediatrician told me to start supplementing her diet with a multi–vitamin as I was still nursing. Surprised by this, I sought my mother's advice.

She's a pediatric nurse (lucky me!) and said it was normal having given the supplements to us when we were little and to follow the doctor's advice.

After doing some research, I decided that the doctor and my mom knew best.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

"Liquid multivitamin drops with vitamin D are available. If you give your baby the recommended amount from the dropper in the vitamin drops bottle, the baby will get all the vitamin D needed to prevent rickets."

Some people believe that by taking your baby for a walk in the sun every day, that the tot will absorb the Vitamin D they need. The AAP says that sunscreen, which we have long been encouraged to use, can keep baby's skin from producing Vitamin D in their clinical report.

I know some parents don't believe in supplementing their baby's diet and I respect that point of view. But, I also believe it's better to make informed decisions than to not know your options.

jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Oh and we never did give these to my daughter, as we lived in sunny places when she was very little.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
My pediatrician recommended these for my son when we were living in Portland, Oregon. It was winter and there wasn't a whole heck of a lot of sun to be walking in. :P I totally agree with cgbmick - you need to do your own research and balance your own instincts with your pediatrician's advice.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
My ped said that vitamins aren't necessary. So we haven't given her any and she's absolutely healthy.
Neural Neural 9 years
Interesting. My pediatrician never had this discussion with me. I wonder if it's because my daughter was always on both formula and breastfed?
katedavis katedavis 9 years
I was skeptical at first about giving my son vitamins, but when my mom told me that I was given vitamins as a baby I figured I would give it a try. But, after a few days of getting the vitamins my son was very constipated so we stopped giving them to him. A few months later we decided to try again and a few days after that it looked like his diaper was full of sand! My pediatrician tested the diaper for blood and because there was none said there was no problem. My husband scoured the internet and found an adult who had the same problem and after a year or so discovered it was from his iron supplement. I have felt guilty for not giving him vitamins, but I'm reassured to know that there are other parents who don't. Thanks!
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
Yes, that's what I was saying (dr advice and both your own gut instinct and own research).
ylatan ylatan 9 years
I agree with greggie.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I don't think people should definitely follow the advice of their ped. I think it's always a good idea to check other sources, such as lilsugar did. I've changed more than one pediatrician based on research.
cbgmick cbgmick 9 years
Parents should definitely follow the advice of their dr and both your own gut and well researched instincts. Each child's needs are different depending on diet etc. We didn't need to start w/ a vitamin w/ iron supplement until our son was 2 as he was iron deficient. Until then, he really didn't need a supplement
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I breast fed my daughter but I opted to follow my pediatrician's advice, which was to give her trivisol which is supplement of vitamins A, D & C.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I agree about it being a totally personal choice. My research showed that multi-vitamins were unneccessary for exclusively breastfed babies, so we never did it.
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