Vitamin D from Supplements
You are likely to be getting inadequate amounts of vitamin D and a supplement is recommended:
- From birth to one year unless you are receiving 500 ml or more of formula milk which is fortified with vitamin D
- Aged from 1-4 years
- If you aren't exposed to much sunlight – for example, if you cover up your skin for cultural reasons; you are frail, housebound or confined indoors for long periods or who use sunblock for medical reasons
Talk to your doctor if you have the following health problems or medications because a vitamin D supplement might be particularly important for you:
- If you have severe liver or kidney disease or a condition that affects the way you absorb food.
- If you take long-term anti-epileptic drugs. This is because these alter the way vitamin D is broken down and used by the body and can affect the absorption of calcium.