DaliVit Drops, the 7 essential vitamins

The sunshine vitamin
for infants and children 

Vitamin D3 supplement to help maintain the development of strong, healthy bones and teeth

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About Dalivit d3

Vitamin D3 supplement to help maintain the development of strong, healthy bones and teeth

VITAMIN D3 FOOD SUPPLEMENT
for infants and children
5mcg 200 IU (per 0.14ml) - 28ml

Growing evidence shows that many children in the UK are lacking in their D3 intake. The new product from DaliVit is our D3 liquid specially formulated for breastfed babies, infants and children who lack vitamin D. The Department of Health recommends that all babies and young children aged six months to five years should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D in the form of vitamin drops to help them meet the requirement set for this age group of 7-8.5 micrograms (0.007-0.0085mg) of vitamin D a day

Why Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for several reasons, its main function is to help regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones and teeth healthy.

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children. Research shows that 25% of young children in the UK are lacking in Vitamin D. Current recommendation is that all children under 5 should take a vitamin D supplement, despite this, many people are unaware that vitamin D deficiency is a problem.

vitamin d3 deficiency

A symptom would be aches and pains in the joints and bones. More serious conditions such as muscle weakness and abnormal bone formation can also occur, for example:

RICKETS

Children with a severe deficiency may have a soft skull or leg bones.

POOR GROWTH

A lack of vitamin D can affect childrens growth and height.

TOOTH DELAY

Children with low vitamin D levels may be late teething as the development of the milk teeth can be affected.

IMMUNE STSTEM

Children with low vitamin D are often more prone to infections.

DaliVit Drops is NUT FREE

UNIQUE PUMP DISPENSER

Safe, Clean and Convenient

DaliVit D3 Vitamin Drops features a safe, clean and convenient pump dispenser which enables a fast and effective way of making sure your children get their required daily intake of D3 (the sunshine vitamin). Add to foods, drink or take from a spoon.

How to take DaliVit D3

The product features a dispensing pump which delivers the precise dosage. Unscrew the cap, remove the tamper ring and then attach the dispensing pump. DaliVit D3 can be added to food, a drink or taken from a spoon.

DAILY DOSE:
1 month - 5 years: 1 depression (to the limit) of the dispensing pump orally once daily.

5+ years: 2 depressions (to the limit) of the dispensing pump orally once daily or as directed by a healthcare professional.  

One 28 ml bottle of DaliVit D3 provides 100-200 days supply. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.

Vitamin D helps to maintain the normal growth and development of bones and teeth. A food supplement is not a substitute for a varied and healthy diet.     

Composition

 

MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides), vegetable oil, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) – oil concentrate, DL-α tocopherol (vitamin E) as antioxidant.

One depression of the dispensing pump (to the limit) provides a dose of 5 μg (200 IU) Vitamin D3.

Vitamin D3 in a daily dose of 5 μg (200 IU) /day is recommended for breastfed infants from the first days after birth.

Babies fed infant formula will not need vitamin D until they are receiving less than 500ml (about half a pint) of infant formula per day, as these products are fortified with vitamin D.

Concurrent vitamin D3 supplementation to breastfeeding mothers on a daily dose less than 50µg (2000 IU) does not have an impact on the baby's dosage. 

    

Indications for use

Vitamin D3 plays a vital role in regulating calcium and phosphorus metabolism in the body. It is essential for proper absorption of calcium and phosphorus as well as proper bone formation and mineralisation. Vitamin D3 deficiency may impair bone mineralisation and calcification of newly forming bone and in consequence may lead to rickets in neonates and infants. Vitamin D3 enhances the absorption of calcium in the intestines and allows depositing into bones. Breastfed babies are particularly prone to deficiency in vitamin D3 as breast milk is deficient in vitamin D3.

Recommendation states that in order to prevent vitamin D deficiency, breastfed infants should be administered vitamin D supplements from the first days of their lives in a daily dose of 5μg (200 IU). If your baby or infant is on both breast milk and formula milk, a doctor should individually specify the dose of vitamin D, taking into account the vitamin D content in the formula. As the vitamin D concentration in the mother’s breast milk is very low, this source of supply does not need to be taken into consideration.   

For oral use only.

Read the package leaflet before use.

Do not take this product if you have: Hypersensitivity to any ingredients in this product.

Storage: Store in the original packaging below 25ºC.
Protect from light. Use within 12 months of first opening.

KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN  


A VITAMIN SUPPLEMENT IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR A HEALTHY AND VARIED DIET

important information about vitamin d

Vitamin D deficiency in children?

A symptom would be aches and pains in the joints and bones. More serious conditions such as muscle weakness and abnormal bone formation can also occur, for example:       

RICKETS

Children with a severe deficiency may have a soft skull or leg bones        

POOR GROWTH

A lack of vitamin D can affect childrens growth and height.        

TOOTH DELAY

Children with low vitamin D levels may be late teething as the development of the milk teeth can be affected      

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Children with low vitamin D are often more prone to infections      

Sources of vitamin D

 

Most of our vitamin D intake is absorbed through sunlight on our skin, hence the reason that Vitamin D is often referred to as “The Sunshine Vitamin”. The body creates vitamin D under the skin as it reacts to sunlight. Your body doesn't make too much vitamin D from sun exposure. Remember that over exposure to the sun is also harmful, so make sure you use a good sun cream to avoid getting sun burn.

Food sources of vitamin D include:
Oily fish - such as salmon, sardines, tuna and mackerel. Fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of Vitamin D are also found in beef, liver, cheese and egg yolks. More commonly for infants, certain powdered milks are fortified with Vitamin D3. As an infant gets older, it is not easy to introduce these foods into their diet which is where a Vitamin D supplement is a very good option to help establish strong healthy bones and teeth.    

    

Am I getting enough vitamin D?

A healthy balanced diet and spending time in the sun are often the best way of ensuring you are getting a good source of vitamin D, however, this is not always possible for various reasons. Certain groups of people are more at risk of becoming vitamin D deficient, these include:  

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Babies and young children under the age of five
  • Older people aged 65 years and over
  • People who are not exposed to much sun, such as people who cover up their skin when outdoors, or those who are housebound for long periods
  • People who have darker skin such as people of African, African-Caribbean and South Asian origin.
  • The recommended daily allowance (RDA) in the UK for children under 5 years is 400 IU per day.   

What you need to know about vitamin D as a parent

The average toddler is only getting approximately 27% of their required Vitamin D from their intake of foods, with fewer than 1 in 10 taking any kind of vitamin supplement.

Vitamin D has a crucial role to play in bone development and calcium absorption, without which bones will not develop correctly, become brittle and in severe cases cause rickets.

The Department of Health (DoH) recommends that all children between the ages of 6 month and 5 years receive a daily supplement including at least 200iu of vitamin D.

Only a limited amount of Vitamin D is found naturally in food stuff. Therefore it is very difficult for diet alone to provide all the Vitamin D a toddler requires daily.

Liver, oily fish and egg yolks are Vitamin D rich foods and should be included in the diet every week. Not the foods of choice for toddlers though!

The body produces Vitamin D through interaction with sunlight on our skin, which earns it the name of ‘The sunshine vitamin’.

During this early period toddlers have a high nutritional requirement of Vitamin D. It is difficult in a diet alone therefore a DaliVit Vitamin D food supplement can assist in achieving the balance.  

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FAQ DaliVit D3 & Vitamin D3


Why should my child need Vitamin D?

Current studies show that a quarter of children in the UK are lacking in Vitamin D. The reasons for this vary. Vitamin D is gained through diet and sunlight. If certain foods are lacking from a child's diet and/or they are not getting much sun exposure then vitamin D deficiency can occur.

Age of child before taking Vitamin D3?

It is recommended that all children are given a supplement of vitamin D from the age of 6 months. Young children can have a limited diet and will most likely spend less hours in the sun, therefore younger children are more likely to need a top up of vitamin D.
 

Should I let my child spend more time in the sun?

You need to be careful when letting children spend time in the sun and it is important to make sure that they are adequately protect with an SPF 50 sun cream. Be very careful between the hours of 11am - 3pm when the sun is at its hottest. Babies should always be protected from direct sunlight.

What is the dose for DaliVit D3?

For newborns the dose of DaliVit D3 is 1 depression of the pump which delivers 5mcg of vitamin D3 which is 200 IU. For children aged 5 years and above, use 2 depressions of the pump which delivers 10mcg of vitamin D3 which is 400 IU. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose.

Can DaliVit D3 be added to food or drink?

Yes it can, DaliVit D3 can be added to food, drink or taken from a spoon.

Where can I get DaliVit D3?

DaliVit D3 is only available in pharmacy, so ask your pharmacist about DaliVit D3. We will keep you up to date with links to online suppliers of DaliVit D3.

What is rickets?

Rickets is a childhood bone disorder in which bones can soften and become prone to fractures and deformity. The main cause of rickets is a lack of vitamin D. Not having enough calcium in one's diet may also be a cause. Some childhood kidney and liver diseases can cause rickets, as may a digestive disorder complication that affects calcium and phosphorous absorption.

See also RICKETS...

What about skin colour and cultures?

Darker skinned people are at an increased risk of deficiency as their skin is less efficient at synthesising vitamin D, therefore require greater time in the sun to absorb the required levels – African – Caribbean and South Asian origin. Those where for religious reasons remain with their bodies covered are at a high risk of vitamin D deficiency. It is suggested that 75% of asian adults are at potential risk during the winter months. 

Are the elderly at risk of Vitamin D deficiency?

Older people also are at risk especially those who are infirmed or living within the care home environment, alone or unable to get outside, therefore all have reduced time to sun exposure and therefor at a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency. 

Who are most at risk of being deficient of D3?

Clearly there are 4 key areas of risk, babies and infants, pregnant mothers, skin types and the over 65 group and elderly all who are predisposed to vitamin D deficiency.

DaliVit FAQ

What is Vitamin D?

Facts – Vitamin D is essential for skeletal growth and bone Health. Dietary sources in the UK are limited with only oily fish the most significant D3 supplement. There are small amounts provided by egg yolk, red meat and fortified foods, such as formula milk, some breakfast cereals and fat spreads – margarine. The major source of Vitamin D is through sunlight for skin synthesis during the summer months, which the body stores it for the winter months. The National Diet and Nutrition Survey suggests a fifth of UK adults have a low vitamin D status.

DaliVit FAQ

My baby is breastfed, so are they getting enough vitamin D?

Infants who are exclusively breast fed, or have less than 500ml a day of infant formula may not be getting enough vitamin D to meet their needs. Infants from Asian families are particularly at risk: Indian, Bangladesh or Pakistan origin showed significantly low levels of vitamin D by the age of two.

What role does Vitamin D play in pregnancy?

A newborn baby’s vitamin D status is largely determined by the mother’s level of vitamin D during pregnancy. Breastmilk is not a significant source of vitamin D and Formula milks for infants have to be fortified with vitamin D but is not in all milks.

What does the Department of Health Recommend?

Source: NHS Choices All pregnant and breastfeeding women should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (0.01mg) of vitamin D to ensure the mother's requirements for vitamin D are met and to build adequate foetal stores for early infancy.

All babies and young children aged six months to five years should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D in the form of vitamin drops to help them meet the requirement set for this age group of 7-8.5 micrograms (0.007-0.0085mg) of vitamin D a day.

Babies fed infant formula will not need vitamin drops until they are receiving less than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day, as these products are fortified with vitamin D.

Breastfed infants may need to receive drops containing vitamin D from one month of age if their mother has not taken vitamin D supplements throughout pregnancy.

People aged 65 years and over and people not exposed to much sun should also take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (0.01mg) of vitamin D.

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