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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday, the risk of giving infants more than the recommended amount of vitamin D is worsened by supplements increasingly containing droppers that hold larger amounts of the vitamin. The FDA also advised manufacturers to mark droppers more clearly and to make droppers that only hold the recommended amount.

Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut and plays a key role in the development of strong bones.

The American Academy of Pediatrics thus recommends that infants receive no more than 400 IU of vitamin D per day.

Supplementation of Vitamin D is recommended for some infants, particularly breast-fed infants, to prevent deficiency which can lead to bone problems. However, overdoses can cause such ailments as nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constipation, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, muscle and joint aches, confusion and fatigue, and even more serious consequences such as kidney disease.

If you are unable to detect the dosage, do not guess. Contact your child’s pediatrician or a pharmacist.

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