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Vitamin D3 supplementation for kids?

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Created March 12, 2010 at 12:24 PM

After reading Stephan's post on trials of Vitamin D3 in kids, I'm inclined to try my own kids on it -- but like lots of kids, they hate swallowing pills, and I haven't heard of any kid-friendly varieties. Do your kids take Vitamin D supplements in paleo kinds of quantities (the study Stephan cited had 10-yr-olds on 1200 IU/day)? If so, what kind/brand of supplement do you give them?

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on January 17, 2013
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Do you have any research you can point me to on the D3 supplementing 2-3 times per week. While I trust it, I would like to prove it to a stubborn friend...

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on March 16, 2010
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Well hopefully you can take a sun break next winter and load up on 'D'. At least they soak up sun for half the year.

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on March 13, 2010
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In the summer, they run around half-naked so much that they turn quite a deep shade of brown (they are very fair-skinned) even with sunscreen. I'm not worried about their D-making ability during the summer months. But we're fairly far north; there hasn't been a lot of sun (and even less shirt-off time) in recent months.

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Yes, a lot of kids aren't allowed to play in dirt at all. My grandkids had a hoot playing games in the frontyard sand with the neighbouring Mexican kids, but the youngest kept thinking she should change her clothes whenever she got dirty! Afterwards they both had fun helping to run my old wringer washer getting everything clean again, then hanging the clothes out in the sun to dry. Staying in Mexico in the winter takes us back to a previous time.

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on March 12, 2010
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That's perfect!

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on March 12, 2010
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Mine do. My kids get so tanned you wouldn't believe it. The like to go nearly naked as soon as it hits 50 degrees F around here. *shrug*

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on March 12, 2010
at 12:38 PM

Liquid drops are the way to go for kids.

iherb.com carries several brands. Here's a link to one that's 2000 IU per drop:

http://www.iherb.com/Nature-s-Answer-Vitamin-D-3-Drops-15-ml/20745?at=0

Also, with Vit D3 you don't have to supplement every day. It can be just two or three times a week.

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on January 17, 2013
at 09:24 AM

Do you have any research you can point me to on the D3 supplementing 2-3 times per week. While I trust it, I would like to prove it to a stubborn friend...

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on March 12, 2010
at 06:29 PM

I am ready to swear by the oil drops. The 2000IU ones are incredibly cheap when ordered online. One or two drops can be put on a fork-full of whatever they are having for breakfast and there is absolutely no taste to it. Also, by giving it at breakfast we can be sure it is getting the maximum absorption as the rest of their digestive system is cranked-up and running at full steam.

We give it three days a week (Sat, Sun, & Wed) so as to average a dose of one drop/day for our six year old, and 0.5 drop/day for our 2.5 year old.

Also of note, we had our son's D level tested by ZRT Labs in late January. I was a little surprised (though not entirely) that his D level was just below the minimum recommended for minimal healthiness. He plays outside a decent amount (we are in the city so he doesn't live outside like a country kid or cul-de-sac kid might), took a multi-vitamin, and occasionally fish oil. Not knowing any better, he wore sun screen, but we weren't fanatical about it by any means. I'd say we were typical to moderately above typical of millions of families for the amount of D he got, and he was still below recommendation. It really makes me wonder about all the TV & video game kids (he doesn't get either) that don't get any supplementation and are fanatical about sunscreen (which describes a lot of his friends).

I'll be testing his D level again before summer. Hopefully after those results I'll be able to totally swear by oil drops. :-)

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on March 12, 2010
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Do any of your kids get to run around half naked in the sun without sunscreen for at least a portion of the day? I realize that in winter in the northern regions that won't help much, but so many parents slather their children with heavy duty sunscreen first thing in the morning all spring and summer long. I think some exposure to natural unadulterated sunshine is good for everyone.

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on March 12, 2010
at 08:38 PM

That's perfect!

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on March 12, 2010
at 06:37 PM

Mine do. My kids get so tanned you wouldn't believe it. The like to go nearly naked as soon as it hits 50 degrees F around here. *shrug*

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on March 13, 2010
at 09:41 PM

In the summer, they run around half-naked so much that they turn quite a deep shade of brown (they are very fair-skinned) even with sunscreen. I'm not worried about their D-making ability during the summer months. But we're fairly far north; there hasn't been a lot of sun (and even less shirt-off time) in recent months.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 16, 2010
at 04:16 AM

Well hopefully you can take a sun break next winter and load up on 'D'. At least they soak up sun for half the year.

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on March 12, 2010
at 04:21 PM

We use Bio-D-Mulsion drops, we live in the pacific northwest so even spending lots of time outside we don't get much vitamin D from sunlight for a large part of the year. My kids take 2000 iu a day currently. I cut the amount back in the summer. We started supplementing last year around April and we haven't had any illness worse than a mild cold since. I'm pretty impressed, especially because last year it felt like I spend most of the winter trapped inside with really sick kids.

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on March 12, 2010
at 05:42 PM

Agree 100% w/ Anna. I don't have a bottle of sunscreen in the house.

American moms' penchant for obscene use of sunscreen and hand sanitizer is ruining their kids' health!

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on March 12, 2010
at 08:42 PM

Yes, a lot of kids aren't allowed to play in dirt at all. My grandkids had a hoot playing games in the frontyard sand with the neighbouring Mexican kids, but the youngest kept thinking she should change her clothes whenever she got dirty! Afterwards they both had fun helping to run my old wringer washer getting everything clean again, then hanging the clothes out in the sun to dry. Staying in Mexico in the winter takes us back to a previous time.

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on March 12, 2010
at 01:55 PM

My older kids (ages 8,7,6, and 5) take the regular vit D3 2000 iu. Hubby and I take a 5000 iu. the 'baby' (age 3) takes 2 of the 1000 iu gummies but I'll be switching him as soon as that bottle is out.

As speno said, the wee pills are tiny and very easy to swallow.

I've noticed a marked decrease in illness since we started! :) With 5 kids under 9 in the house you can imagine how it is (and their daddy is a school teacher!) we get exposed to everything.

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on March 12, 2010
at 01:17 PM

My kids and I take the same thing. They have no problem swallowing them as these pills are quite small. In fact, they can just chew them if they like and spit out the casing material. The taste isn't bad.

We use "Healthy Origins, Vitamin D3, 2,400 IU, 360 Softgels" from iHerb.com

Despite their "healthy" supply of D3, my kids still get colds and coughs. I think we probably even had "swine flu" last November. We got better. :-)

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