You get most of your vitamin D from sun light. You do not need to sunbathe for vitamin D. The time needed to absorb vitamin D is short and usually less than the time taken for the skin to redden or burn.
Be careful to protect your child from sun burn and read our sun safety information on our keeping safe out and about page.
In the UK, most people do not get enough sun in winter for their body to make vitamin D.
Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods.
The following foods contain vitamin D:
A dose of 10 micrograms (400 units) of vitamin D is suitable for most children.
All children under the age of 5 years should be given daily vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D. If you are claiming certain benefits, you can get free Healthy Start vitamin drops.
The government recommends:
All adults and children over the age of 1 should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (400 units) of vitamin D especially during autumn and winter.
Speak with you local community pharmacist who can give you advice on which vitamin D supplement is right for your child.
Disclaimer: Healthier Together does not endorse any particular commerical product. Those listed are examples of products commonly available in the UK.
Most children do not need a medical assessment or a blood test, especially if the advice above has been followed.
If your child has risk factors for vitamin D deficiency then they do not need a blood test. You should simply give them a daily vitamin D supplement.
Risk factors for low vitamin D:
If your child has risk factors and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency then speak to your GP or health professional.