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What are the proper dose(s) for children of natural Vitamin D? Is there a safe dose of Cod Liver Oil with Vit. A and D from the Cod for children? One of my grandchildren had 5 immunizations at one visit a year ago and every illness is far worse on him than his siblings. We want to strengthen his immune system and believe the Vit D will help.

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About a year ago there was a report that came out that said pediatricians were recommending a double dose of Vitamin D in children. The new guidelines from the nation's leading group of pediatricians now call for children to receive 400 international units of vitamin D per day, beginning in the first few days of life. Adequate vitamin D throughout childhood may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. In adults, new evidence suggests that vitamin D plays a role in the immune system and may help prevent infections, autoimmune diseases, cancer and diabetes. It is best to check with the child's pediatrician and see what they recommend for the daily dose. Then you can check the foods child is eating regularly and tweak things as needed. Best of luck to you.
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There are some concerns that Cod Liver Oil, which contains significant amounts of Vitamin A in addition to the Vitamin D, may produce toxic effects. There are supporters on both sides of the arguments concerning Vitamin A supplementation.

Regardless of who is right, I would err on the side of safety and not give supplements of Vitamin A. Sufficient Vitamin A is usually attained from natural sources. Go ahead and supplement the Vitamin D. Just don't go overboard with it.
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