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Are the products suitable for those following a Vegan, Vegetarian, Halal or Kosher diet?

Childrens vitamin D drop: Yes, Pro Health Solutions-D3 is suitable for those following a vegan, vegetarian, halal or kosher diet. 

Vitamin tablets: Yes. All ingredients are plant based and are suitable for those following a vegan, vegetarian, halal or kosher diet. The product also contains no added sugars and artificial flavours

How long is the shelf life?

Childrens vitamin D drop: From production, the product has a 2 year best before date. Once opened the product should be used within 4 months. 

Vitamin tablets: From production, the vitamins have a 2 year best before date.

My child has allergies, can they take the vitamin drops?

This Product Is Free from Sugars, Gluten, Yeast, Artificial flavours & colours, Lactose, Preservatives. Ingredients are listed as: Aqua, Polyethylene glycol sorbitan monooleate, Cholecalciferol from Lichen (Cladonia rangiferina), Glycerine, Xanthan gum, Trisodium citrate.

What does the vitamin tablets contain?

One tablet contains 10 micrograms of Vitamin D3. Other Ingredients are Emulsifiers: microcrystalline cellulose, anti-caking agent: magnesium stearate, Cholecalciferol from Lichen (Cladonia rangiferina). This product is free from Sugars, Gluten, Artificial flavours, Nut, Wheat, Gelatine, Egg

I am pregnant, can I have the vitamin D if it is recommended?

Pregnant women are provided Healthy Start vitamins at antenatal appointments for the duration of pregnancy. Healthy Start vitamins contain the right amount of vitamin D (10 micrograms) along with folic acid and vitamin C. Therefore, you do not need to take the vitamin D supplement and should not take both the vitamin D and Healthy Start vitamins at the same time.

My child is 3 years old, can I get the free vitamin D drops?

It is recommended that all children aged 1 to 4 years old take a daily vitamin D supplement. This current Scottish Government scheme supports free vitamin D for all children under 3 year olds. Although you will not be able to receive free vitamin D, you will be able to purchase it at your community pharmacy and vitamin D products are available at most supermarkets and pharmacies. Look for a supplement containing 10 micrograms vitamin D that are sugar free

Why do breastfed babies need vitamin D supplementation and not formula fed babies?

Both breast fed and formula fed babies need vitamin D. This is because we get most vitamin D from sunlight and in Scotland we are unlikely to get enough. 

Infant formula is strictly regulated in the UK and must contain vitamin D and therefore supplementation is not needed as it already contains added vitamin D. Breastfed babies are recommended to take vitamin D from birth as a precaution to ensure they get enough.  Breast milk gives babies the best start in life providing long lasting health benefits for mother and baby.

My baby is mixed feeding breastmilk and infant formula, should I give them vitamin D?

Mixed fed babies can be given a vitamin D supplement if they are having less than 500 ml (around 1 pint) infant formula. You will be able to collect them free from your local community pharmacy. If they are having more than 500 ml infant formula every day, a vitamin D supplement is not needed.