Safe vitamin D drops for peanut allergic children?

The resurgence of rickets has recently made news in the UK, with a six-year-old boy from Lutterworth, Leicestershire being diagnosed with the bone-softening condition after his mother (quite understandably, given today’s advice for parents on skin cancer prevention) applied SPF 50 sun tan lotion each time he played outside in the sun.

When we attended D’s 2 1/2 year check with the health visitor, I was advised to start giving both him and his little sister Vitamin D drops. Apparently, a Vitamin D supplement is now recommended, for the prevention of rickets, for all UK children (who aren’t on formula milk) living north of Birmingham. However, I was warned to discuss D’s peanut allergy with the pharmacist before purchasing, as some brands of vitamin drops contain peanut oil.

Several google searches and three chemists later, I began to wonder whether “Vitamin D drops” for children actually existed. So I instead decided to plump for a children’s multi-vitamin that contained the recommended amounts of Vitamin D.

The pharmacist advised me that Abidec Multivitamin drops were out, as they contain peanut oil. For more information, see the Netdoctor site, which states that:

“Abidec multivitamin drops [are] …. not to be used in … Children with an allergy to peanuts or soya (Abidec drops contain arachis oil).”

However, she recommended Wellkid Baby & Infant liquid as a safe alternative.

Update (5 July 2013)

Wellkid Baby & Infant Liquid

I decided to double check with Vitabiotics (who manufacture Wellkid Baby & Infant Liquid) whether the product was peanut-free. They confirmed that:

“Wellkid Baby & Infant Liquid is free from peanuts and other nut components. However, the product is produced at a site that may handle nut ingredients.”

Abidec Multivitamin Syrup

Following publication of this post, I am very grateful to a reader who contacted me in respect of Abidec Multivitamin SYRUP (as distinct from the multivitamin drops). Abidec’s website states that the syrup is for children aged 1-5, whereas the drops are for children aged birth-12.

She noted that although (as at 5 July 2013) the Boots website lists the syrup ingredients as:

“Purified water, glycerol, fish oil powder, sodium citrate, thickener: Xanthan gum, vitamin c (ascorbic acid), lemon flavouring, citric acid, sodium chloride, preservative: potassium sorbate, vitamin E (d alpha Tocopheryl acetate, sunflower seed oil), Niacin, Pathothenic Acid, vitamin B6, vitamin A (dl alpha tocopherol, vitamin A palmitate), Thiamin (Vitamin B1), vitamin D (dl alpha tocopherol, vitamin D, medium chain triglycerides).
Gluten, yeast & wheat free.”

The “precautions” section for the syrup also states “Contains peanuts”.

10 comments

  1. Hi Louise, your blog is very interesting read. My 6-year old daughter has recently been diagnosed with a peanut and nut allergy. However, i used to give her the Abidec multivitamin drops without any problems. I am puzzled whether her nut allergy is a recent thing.

  2. Hi Louise, It would be really helpful if you could let your readers know what sources you get your updates for allergens from. I see you have quoted Allergy UK, I have also subscribed to Food Standards Agency and Anaphalaxys Campaign. All of these sites seem to offer alerts but do not cover off the same products which is kind of worrying.

    Thanks

    Chen

    1. Hi Chen – thanks for your message. I tend to find out a lot of peanut and nut allergy news from the people I follow on Twitter. Like you say, Allergy UK, the FSA and Anaphylaxis Campaign are all excellent resources, however I learn a lot from the allergy doctors and other bloggers I follow too. Too numerous to list really – maybe have a look at the people I’ve retweeted (twitter.com/nutmums). I also have a list of useful resources on this site (www.nutmums.com/useful-resources). Anything I come across that I think might be of interest, I post on the Nutmums facebook page (www.facebook.com/nutmums). Hope that helps! Louise

  3. Hi Louise, so pleased to have found your blog! My little boy has a nut allergy too & we recently discovered Ddrops (from Boots), a Canadian brand of pure Vitamin D in coconut oil. I’m taking the adult version too in the hope that it helps stave off the Winter blues a little!

    Thanks for all the useful info you provide – off to explore!

    Nic

  4. Hi there, I have a 15yr old daughter who has multiple allergies, nuts eggs, peas beans lentils as well as the enviromental allergies too, she also has asthma and eczema, I have struggled to find a multivitamin suited to her and was wondering if anyone could help out.
    I appreciate any pointers in the right direction
    thanks
    Mel

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