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Who should take vitamin D?

10 December 2018 

Public Service Announcement

Who should take vitamin D?

Everybody needs vitamin D for healthy bones and teeth. It helps our bodies absorb and use calcium, supports normal growth and development and may increase immunity. Getting enough vitamin D is important for everyone, especially pregnant women, babies and young children.

In Nunavut, the sun is not a good source of vitamin D. Babies and children who are not getting enough vitamin D can develop rickets, a painful disease that causes bones to soften and bend. To make sure we are getting enough vitamin D, everyone should take supplements every day:

  • Babies under the age of two should take two drops (800 IU) of Baby Ddrops™.
  • Pregnant women should take a prenatal vitamin plus 1000 IU of vitamin D.
  • Children two to 18 years and adults over 50 years should take 400 IU of vitamin D in the form of a multivitamin.

Foods rich in vitamin D include country food like fish, maqtaaq, bird eggs and fish eggs; and store bought food like milk, fish (salmon, tuna and sardines), eggs, yoghurt with added vitamin D and margarine.

Baby Ddrops™ are available for free at all health centres. NIHB covers vitamin D for all ages and prenatal vitamins and multivitamins for children up to eleven years of age.
For more information, visit your local health centre or the Healthy Living website at https://livehealthy.gov.nu.ca/.

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Media Contact:

Sarah Paterson
A/Communications Manager
Department of Health
867-975-5762
SPaterson@gov.nu.ca