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.
“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”.