Why are vitamins important to your child’s growth and development?

Optimal growth and development is critical during infancy and childhood and as a result vitamin requirement during this period is high compared to the volume of food they eat.

During the first two years, children have a very high nutritional need in relation to their size. Vitamins play an important role in maintaining healthy growth. Vitamins can be used up or lost quickly; therefore it is vital that your child receives the essential vitamins daily. With the exception of vitamin D, vitamins cannot be produced by the body and are therefore obtained solely from the diet.

From the age of six months to five years, most young children will benefit from drops of vitamins A, C, and D. Both Abidec products contain these vitamins, in addition to other essential vitamins.

The importance of vitamin D

Vitamin D is sometimes commonly referred to as the sunshine vitamin. Unlike most other nutrients, vitamin D is not only obtained from a healthy diet. The vitamin is also made by our body under the skin in reaction to summer sunlight. The sun’s UVB rays stimulate the synthesis of vitamin D.

Vitamin D has several important functions. For example, it helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep bones and teeth healthy.

Most people should be able to get all the vitamin D they need by eating a healthy balanced diet and by getting a sufficient amount of exposure to sunlight.

However, given the UK’s latitude (51° to 55° North) no vitamin D is produced from sunlight during the winter months. Babies and children under five are at risk of not getting enough vitamin D and are recommended by the Department of Health (DoH) to take vitamin D supplements throughout the year.

Both Abidec drops* and syrup*** contain 100% of Vitamin D RDA, in addition to other essential vitamins.

***200IU per 0.3ml dose for babies. 
This equates to 5 micrograms (Abidec Multivitamin Drops). 
5 micrograms per 10ml dose (Abidec Multivitamin Syrup).