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Vitamin D3

Hi does anyone give their children Vitamin D3 supplement if so how much as I have 3 under 4years old, I am currently giving my 3year old a multi vitamin is this enough??

Any help would be much appreciated

I think you would have to ask your GP, I can tell you as an adult my neurologist told me taking Vit D3 at anything less than 5000iu daily was a waste of time. I can also tell you a different neuro mentioned 30 minutes in mild sunlight at some point during the day was enough to skip the dose for that day.

Presumably a child would have a lower dose but as I say, GP probably your best bet.

I believe that people with MS have difficulty in absorbing vit D, so it wouldn’t make much difference to us whether we are in the Sahara or Surbiton, but we seem to need to have extra help in sourcing this. I take 5 000iu a day, and if anything I think that perhaps I could do with even more. I haven’t had a test yet to see whether I absorb enough as I don’t know where to get one from.

Best of luck,

Moira

I suspect a multi vitamin does not provide enough D3. This is from the Barts & London blog.

NEW RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCES FOR VITAMIN D3 SUPPLEMENTATION FROM EFSA

Adults 18 years or older = 4,000 U/day or 100 micrograms/day
Children 11-17 years of age = 4,000 U/day or 100 micrograms/day
Children 1-10 years of age = 2,000 U/day or 50 micrograms/day
Infants less than 1year of age = 1,000 U/day or 25 micrograms/day
Maximum safe dose or NOAEL = 11,000 U/day or 275 micrograms/day
http://multiple-sclerosis-research.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/survey-results-vitamin-d.html

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I believe that people with MS have difficulty in absorbing vit D, so it wouldn’t make much difference to us whether we are in the Sahara or Surbiton, but we seem to need to have extra help in sourcing this. I take 5 000iu a day, and if anything I think that perhaps I could do with even more. I haven’t had a test yet to see whether I absorb enough as I don’t know where to get one from.

Best of luck,

Moira

[/quote] Moira, l get my d3 levels tested ‘by post’ from CityAssays nhs lab B/ham - very quick service - better then the GP’s.

lts just a pin prick blood spot test. And they will email results. lt costs £35. lf you google vitd3testing l think it will come up.

lts the 25-hydroxyvitamin D test. My doc’s and neuro do not seem to know anything about vitd3. A level between 150/225 is preferred. At last l have reached 98 - but l did take 20.000ius for a couple of years - now l take 10.000ius a day.

Hello Campion,

Thank you very much for telling me where to get my vitamin D level tested. I will certainly do this and thankfully I don’t have a needle problem, so I won’t mind the blood tests (just as well as I am on a course or chemotherapy (bblleurrgh!!!..) at the moment). Thanks a lot.

Best wishes,

Moira

Moira, you can get a vit d test from your GP for free. Any quibbling about costs should be counterable with the fact that vit d is recommended for MS by most MS specialist neuros. Karen x

I have read that adequate levels of Vitamin D are very important for young children - I think that where children live up to about the age of 10 makes a big difference to their chances of getting MS later on. Basically, near the equator, with lots of Vitamin D is good, far away (like here) is bad. In England, the sunlight is only strong enough for your body to make Vitamin D between March and October.

I have read that adequate levels of Vitamin D are very important for young children - I think that where children live up to about the age of 10 makes a big difference to their chances of getting MS later on. Basically, near the equator, with lots of Vitamin D is good, far away (like here) is bad. In England, the sunlight is only strong enough for your body to make Vitamin D between March and October.