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Vitamins

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Vitamin D helps keep bones and teeth healthy. It is needed to absorb calcium from the diet.

Vitamin D during the COVID-19 pandemic

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has produced some helpful information about ensuring your family has enough vitamin D whilst spending more time indoors. The advice includes specific guidance for pregnant and lactating women, babies and children under five.

The Department of Health and Social Care recommends that all children have vitamins until they are 5. The vitamins include vitamin D.

In addition to Healthy Start and national recommendations, some areas have vitamin D supplementation programmes.

It is still important that parents and carers apply for the Healthy Start scheme if they are eligible and use the vitamin vouchers provided.

In Bradford pregnant women are provided with vitamin tablets in pregnancy. Health visitors provide all infants under six months with free vitamin drops as part of the district’s vitamin D supplementation programme. Also children at risk of deficiency up to the age of two years can receive free vitamins from their health visitor. There is lots more information on the Council’s website.

In Wakefield, the Health Visiting Service provides vitamins to children of parents who receive Healthy Start Vouchers.  Your health visitor will discuss this with you.

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Infant feeding

Feeding your baby in the right way for you both can help get your baby get off to the best start in life.
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Breastfeeding

There are many benefits to breastfeeding for both you and your baby and in the first few days you and your baby will still be getting to know each other.
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Introducing solid foods (weaning)

You can begin to give your baby food and drinks, other than milk, from six months old.
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Healthy start

Healthy Start is a scheme that enables eligible applicants to get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk plus free vitamins.
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Further information

Healthy Start - are you eligible for free vouchers?

Some parents may be eligible for free vouchers to help buy things like milk, fruit and vegetables, to give your child a healthy start.

Healthy Start - where to get free vitamins in Bradford

If you are eligible for free vitamins, this list will show you where you can go to collect them locally.

Vitamin D

In Bradford, pregnant women are provided with vitamin tablets in pregnancy. Your health visitor will also provide all infants under six months with free vitamin drops as part of the district’s vitamin D supplementation programme.

Vitamins and mineral supplements in pregnancy

The NHS website gives advice on pregnancy supplements, alongside a healthy diet for pregnant women,