Vitamin D drops for infants
- The coconut oil ensures a good absorption of the fat-soluble vitamin D
- Supports bones, teeth and normal muscle function
- Vitamin D plays a role in the uptake of calcium
- Supports normal cell division
- Meets the guidelines for pharmaceutical production and the EU regulations for Food Supplements
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|5 drops contain:|
|Vitamine D3 (Cholecalciferol)||10 μg (400 IE)|
5 drops per day unless otherwise advised. Preferably in connection with a meal.
Do not exceed the recommended daily dosage.
A dietary supplement is no substitute for a varied diet. For maintaining good health a healthy lifestyle and a varied and balanced diet is important.
Coconut oil; Cholecalciferol (vitamin D)
Dark, dry and store at room temperature (15° -25° C).
Keep out of reach of young children.
What is D-Pearls Drops?
D-Pearls drops is an infant edition of D-Pearls in liquid form. It contains vitamin D3 dissolved in coconut oil as vitamin-D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Each drop from the bottle contains 2 µg of vitamin D and the whole bottle contains 10 ml. Research has shown that D-Pearls have a high absorption in the body. D-Pearls Drops are suitable for infants.
You can drip the oil on a teaspoon where you already have put a little milk and then give it to the baby.
Vitamin D supplement for infants
Vitamin D is of great importance for newborns because it is needed for the normal growth and development of bone in children.
There are several forms of vitamin D, but the two main ones are D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol). Vitamin D3 is the form that is synthesized in the skin from cholesterol when we exposed to sufficient sunlight, or a similar form of UV radiation. Vitamin D from sunlight is an effective resource, but it only works when the sun is high in the sky.
In northern parts of the world, the sun is only strong enough to create the necessary amount of vitamin D3 in the skin between 11 am and 3 pm in the months between April and September. Cream with sun protection factor also inhibits vitamin D formation. However, as babies and young children should not reside directly in the sunlight, health authorities in many countries recommend that all children born on time are given supplementation with vitamin D from 2 weeks to 2 years.
Vitamin D2 we only get from food. Some fungi and plants make D2 under the influence of ultraviolet light. Both vitamin D2 and D3 should then be activated in the liver and kidneys in order to be biologically active. Researchers long believed that both forms of the vitamin were equally effective. However, it has been found that vitamin D3, depending on the measurement method, 56 to 87% is more effective than vitamin D2 when it comes to increase in the vitamin D content in the blood. Moreover, D3 is three times as effective as D2 stored in fatty tissue. *
* Heaney RP, et al. Vitamin D3 Is More Potent Than Vitamin D2 in Humans. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2010.
Children require relatively more vitamin D than adults.
Vitamin D has an array of important functions in the body. For instance, vitamin D is:
- important for normal cell division
- helping to maintain normal bones and teeth
- contributing to a normal absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus
- playing a role in the body's immune system and muscle function
Good vitamin D sources
Vitamin D is found only in larger amounts in oily fish, such as salmon, herring and mackerel. Additionally occurring vitamin D are found in limited quantities in meat, dairy products and eggs. In the plant kingdom vitamin D is available only in small amounts in certain fungi. In our diet some of the best sources of vitamin D are:
The need for vitamin D
Vitamin-D supplements are generally recommended for:
- Children aged 0 – 2 years (vitamin D as drops)
- Pregnant women
- Children and adults with dark skin
- Children and adults who wear fully covering clothes in the summer time
- People who do not spend time outdoors in the daytime or generally avoid sunlight
- Nursing home residents as old people have reduced skin synthesis, and also gut absorption of vitamin D
- People older than 70 years
- Anyone who, regardless of their age, are at increased risk for osteoporosis
Vegans and vegetarians are advised to adhere to the official guidelines for sun exposure and possibly take a supplement of vitamin D during the winter period.
Blood levels of vitamin D can be determined by a blood test that measures the unit 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-(OH)D) and is expressed in nmol/l. Vitamin D status is graduated in the following way:
- <12 nmol/l: Severe deficiency
- 12-25 nmol/l: Deficiency
- 25-50 nmol/l: Insufficient
- >50 nmol/l: Sufficient
- 75-150 nmol/l: Optimal level in individuals with fragile bones and kidney patients
- >ca. 200 nmol/l: Risk of overdose
> = greater than
< = less than
1 nmol/l = 0,4 ng/ml
Measurement of vitamin D
The safest way to know one's vitamin D status is by means of a blood test. However, for normal, healthy individuals there is no immediate need to measure blood levels of vitamin D. For certain groups, however, it is advisable to gauge their vitamin D status.
For instance, people with a lifestyle that gives reason to believe that they could benefit from checking their status. Besides the obvious factors that limit vitamin D such as lack of sunlight and poor diet, there are more subtle causes such as the fact that some types of medicine may affect the body’s vitamin D absorption, thereby increasing the need for this particular nutrient.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated the evidence behind vitamin D and has acknowledged the following claims:
- Contributes to a normal absorption/utilization of calcium and phosphorus
- Contributes to normal blood calcium levels
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal bones
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth
- Contributes to normal function of the immune system
- Has a role in the process of cell division and specialisation)