Did you know Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin because your body can produce it when exposed to sunlight? Vitamin D is required throughout our life from an early age. Nearly all of vitamin D is made in our body from sunlight but it is not always possible to get sufficient sunlight in our climate, especially from October to March
Vitamin D is a key nutrient for children’s health and development. Vitamin D has several functions like regulating the absorption of calcium by the body and supporting the maintenance of normal bones and teeth and normal muscle function. Vitamin D also facilitates normal immune system function.
Low vitamin D status has implications for bone health, increasing the risk of rickets, a condition that affects bone development in children.
That is why Department of Health recommends that all children aged 6 months to 5 years take a daily supplement containing vitamins AC & D and children age 1 and older take a daily dose of 10mcg of vitamin D to keep healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Children aged 5 and older should take a daily dose of 10mcg of vitamin D particularly in autumn and winter.
Besides sunlight, Vitamin D can be found in some foods – oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon, sardines or tuna, are a particularly rich source. Unfortunately, the National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that children consume a fraction of the amount of oily fish oil recommended by the Government.
Supplements containing cod liver oil and fish oil are a good source of Vitamin D and can be a useful way for children to get additional vitamin D.
Haliborange provides supplements for children aged 1 month to 12 years+ which help towards the daily recommended amount of vitamin D. Vitamin D supports the normal growth of bones, teeth and normal function of the immune system. For babies a liquid format is the best option.
Haliborange products are available in a variety of formats like liquids, softies and chewys, so there is an option to meet the family’s needs.
Haliborange can be a useful way for children, especially fussy eaters, to top up their vitamin D levels.
NHS Choices – Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamin D
New National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows UK population is eating too much sugar, saturated fat and salt - Public Health England – Published 14 May 2014 - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-national-diet-and-nutrition-survey-shows-uk-population-is-eating-too-much-sugar-saturated-fat-and-salt
NHS Choices – Vitamins for children
PHE published 21 July 2016
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/phe-publishes-new-advice-on-vitamin-d, last accessed 230117 - Advice based on the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) following its review of the evidence on vitamin D and health.
National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Results from Years 5 and 6 (combined) of the Rolling Programme (2012/2013 – 2013/2014). Published September 2016 PHE publications gateway number: 2016248 – page 14
Food supplements are intended to supplement the diet and should not be regarded as a substitute for a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle.