How do I administer UpSpring Baby D?
With a traditional bulb dropper—a favorite among moms because it is easy to use and ensures baby gets the correct dosage. Place on nipple, pacifier or finger and let baby suck for 30 seconds. You can also mix with food or juice or dispense into baby’s mouth. If dropper touches baby’s tongue or lips, wash dropper to avoid cross contamination.What does UpSpring Baby D taste like?
It’s tasteless because it has no added flavors.Do I need to refrigerate UpSpring Baby D after opening?
No, but it should be protected from heat, light and moisture.Doesn’t my baby get enough vitamin D from the sun?
Sun exposure is not recommended for babies under six months of age so pediatricians recommend a daily vitamin D supplement. And sun exposure is sometimes a sticking point to begin with—and not just because of skin cancer fears. The hard part is figuring out the amount of time your kids need to spend in the sun in order to maintain sufficient vitamin D levels. That’s because there are a lot of things that affect our ability to make vitamin D—things like the degree of skin pigmentation, change of seasons, sunscreen use, clothing cover-up and latitude. But with everything else that we moms have to juggle, it’s just easier to go with what the AAP recommends—a supplement of 400 IU per day of vitamin D for all infants beginning in the first few days of life and continuing through the first year.When should I start giving my baby a vitamin D supplement?
The AAP recommends that all infants receive 400 IU of vitamin D daily beginning the first few days of life. Experts tell us that much of our life-long health is pre-programmed in childhood, and that many adult health problems can be traced to nutrition during childhood. A child’s vitamin D level appears to be a prime example. Do my older kids also need a vitamin D supplement?
Studies have shown that about 60 percent of children may have below optimal levels of vitamin D (at or below 20 ng/ml) and one in ten U.S. children are deficient (levels below 15 ng/ml) and should be treated with supplements. Our UpSpring Kid D3 gummy is the perfect way to make sure all kids get enough vitamin D.
If you are interested in your child’s vitamin D levels, your pediatrician can order a simple blood test to test the level of vitamin D3.What is rickets?
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body to properly use calcium from the diet. A severe vitamin D deficiency can result in nutritional rickets, a condition in which the bone tissue doesn't properly mineralize.
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms include:
- Brittle bones leading to increased bone fractures
- Skeletal and dental deformities
- Stunted growth
- Bone pain and tenderness
- Muscle weakness and cramps
The scary part is that many kids are vitamin D deficient long before they show signs of rickets. Untreated vitamin D deficiency can go unnoticed but over time can affect other organs and functions, especially bone growth and strength, metabolism and immunity.