D Drops Liquid Vitamin D3 60 Drops 400 IU for Infants (1.7ml)
D Drops Liquid Vitamin D3 400 IU for Infants is and excellent source of
Vitamin D and is known for its value in bone and muscle strength development, and for helping to prevent bone fractures. Only 1 drop is required to provide the full daily dose, making it a convenient and easy way to give the Vitamin D that your child requires. Baby Ddrops is easy to use and is specifically designed for breastfed babies. It is designed to be sucked off any clean surface such as mother's nipple or pacifier. It can also be dropped onto food or into liquids once the baby is older and begins to eat solids.
A factor in the maintenance of good health
Ddrops is a liquid vitamin D supplement containing 400 IU of vitamin D3 in just one drop. It offers an easy and effective alternative to swallowing tablets or capsules. It is designed to be licked off any clean surface such as the back of a washed hand or a spoon. It can also be dropped onto food or into liquids. Ddrops contains no preservative, no artificial flavor and no added color.
Ddrops medicinal ingredient:
Each drop contains vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 400 IU (10mcg). The vitamin D3 in Ddrops products is naturally sourced from lanolin. Although lanolin comes from sheep wool, the animal is not harmed. Ddrops is classified as a vegetarian product for 'lacto-ovo' vegetarian use.
Ddrops non-medicinal ingredient:
Thin vegetable oil (purified components of coconut and palm oil). There are no other chemicals or additives. It is tasteless and odorless.
Recent studies show that the greatest benefit of vitamin D is to decrease the future risk of chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, common cancers, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases. Ddrops is a new and innovative liquid vitamin D that is easy and convenient to take. Knowing your Vitamin D sources is critical as there are very few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. Several recent studies show that a substantial amount of children and adults are Vitamin D deficient. Why is Vitamin D so important for our well-being? Research is proving that Vitamin D has many benefits on multiple organs within the body. Too little vitamin D can lower the immune system and increase the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes and more.
Ddrops Liquid Vitamin D3 for Infants is:
- Gluten Free
- Corn Free
- Wheat Free
- Dairy Free
- Sugar Free
- No Sulphites
- Peanut Free
- Soy Free
- No Preservatives
- No Artificial Coloring
A recent study has been an eye-opener for many parents. It demonstrated that 9% ofchildren and adolescents were Vitamin D deficient and 61% were Vitamin D insufficient. This means that 70% of children and adolescents are not getting enough Vitamin D. This is disturbing for both parents and the medical profession. Various medical associations have made recommendations on how much Vitamin D children should be taking on a daily basis.
Baby Ddrops 400IU is a simple, safe, and fun way for toddlers and children to receive the recommended amount (400IU) of vitamin D. Just one purified drop of Baby Ddrops contains 400 IU of vitamin D3, without any other chemicals, or additives. It is tasteless and can be licked off a clean surface (i.e. a spoon) or dropped onto food. Baby Ddrops 400IU responds to the need to help children maintain vitamin D levels to support growth and good health.
Vitamin D, originally called antinachite A (a fat-soluble accessory food factor A), is truly a vitamin ! Vitamins are organic micronutrients whose lack in the diet may cause disease. Vitamin D is converted to an active form (a-25,dihyrdoxyvitamin D3 or 1,a(OH)2D3) within the body (specifically the liver and kidneys). When skin is exposed to sunlight (specifically UVB radiation), vitamin D3 is made within the body. Today, concerns over risk of skin cancer with direct sun exposure suggest it should be managed or avoided and many recommend that vitamin D be obtained with intake of vitamin D through diet and/or supplements (Sources of Vitamin D).
Types of Vitamin D
Vitamin D comes in 2 major forms, known as vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3(cholecalciferol). Vitamin D3 is a form that is naturally produced in the skin after sunlight exposure or vitamin D is taken in dietary foods. Vitamin D3 is the preferred form for supplementation because it is more effective in raising serum 25(OH) D levels in humans. All Ddrops brand products contain naturally sourced vitamin D3. Vitamin D2 is sometimes used as a supplement, it is about half as active in humans and is produced from plant and/or fungal sources.
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is naturally produced in the skin of animals and humans after sunlight exposure and also contained in supplements and fortified food supplements and fortified foods. Cholecalciferol is the raw material needed by the body to produce a hormone. This form is not yet active in the body, and must be transformed by the liver and kidneys to the active hormone.
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is the form that is produced from plant and/or fungal sources. It is sometimes used to fortify foods or used as a supplement. Vitamin D2 is about one half as potent in the human body as vitamin D3and still requires activation by the liver and kidneys.
25-hydroxyvitain D or 25(OH)D3(calcidiol) is produced form vitamin D automatically by the liver. It is the most abundant form of vitamin D in the blood and is the best measure of vitamin D status. Serum 25(OH) D3 is measured in blood tests to determine a person's vitamin D nutritional status vitamin D nutritional status. This form is actually not active in the body, but it is an intermediate metabolite.
1a-25,dihyrdoxyvitamin D3 or 1,a(OH)2D3 is an active form within the body made in the kidneys from circulating 25(OH)D3 in the blood. Blood levels of1,a(OH)2D3 are not good markers of vitamin D deficiency and tests are often difficult to interpret. When 1,a(OH)2D3 binds with the vitamin D receptor (VDR) it acts like a switch that turns on a number of genetic activities. Researchers have discovered over 200 target genes for 1,a(OH)2D3 . Most organs in the body contain VDRs and are responsive to 1,a(OH)2D3. Most organs in the body contain VDRs and are responsive to 1,a(OH)2D3.
Vitamin D Deficiency
Medical professionals determine whether somebody is vitamin D deficient or not by doing a simple blood test. Experts define vitamin D deficiency in terms of blood levels. They look for 25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D3 or 25(OH)D (calcidiol) - the major metabolite of vitamin D3 found in the bloodstream. Some people lack vitamin D more than others, therefore experts have developed a 'vitamin D nutrition status' scale. Circulating levels of 25- hydroxyl-Vitamin D or 25(OH)D3 by vitamin D nutrition status1
|Serum 25(OH)3 range
||Vitamin D nutritional status|
|>600 nmol/L (>240 ng/mL)
||Potential hypercalcemia due to excess Vitamin D intake|
|<225 nmol/L (<90 ng/mL)
Physiologic range from exposure to sunlight (or UV light)
>75 nmol/L (>30 ng/mL)
Sufficiency (desirable optimal for fracture prevention)
<40 nmol/L (<16 ng/mL)
<25 nmol/L (>10 ng/mL)
Deficient (diagnostic of nutrition deficiency, rickets or osteomalacia).
Conversion Factor: ng/mL x 2.5075
Sources of Vitamin D
Sunlight and ArtificialUVB rays:
- A total of 15 minutes of summer noonday sun or artificial UVB rays (tanning beds)on both sides of the bare body will provide 10,000 IU of vitamin D in the bloodstream of most fair-skinned adults
- The Canadian Dermatology Association and Health Canada advise against direct exposure of sunlight, especially for infants
- The Canadian Cancer Society recommends to keep babies less than 1 year old out of direct sun
- The use of sunscreen with a sun protection factor of eight reduces the cutaneous production of vitamin D by 97.5% in adults
- Dark-skinned infants are particularly at risk for developing rickets as they require increased exposure to sunlight to produce the same amount of vitamin D compared to light-skinned infants.
- Sunburns are associated with skin cancer (malignant melanoma) and regular UV light exposure increases the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers and ages the skin
Too Much Vitamin D
Vitamin D can be harmful if taken in excess. Vitamin D intoxication is extremely rare but can be caused by accidental or intentional intake of high doses of vitamin D. The amount of vitamin D that causes vitamin D toxicity is more than 4 times the amount that adults get naturally through exposure to sunshine. Most reports of vitamin D toxicity have been as a result of mistakes in vitamin D manufacturing facilities, or errors in medically dosing with prescription vitamin D.
Symptoms and consequences of Vitamin D toxicity:
- High doses of vitamin D can lead to high levels of calcium in the bloodstream. This is known as hypercalcemia.
- Hypercalcemia is an elevated calcium level in the blood. (Normal range: 9-10.5 mg/dL or 2.2-2.6 mmol/L). It is usually an elevated laboratory finding with few symptoms. Therefore, people with hypercalcemia may not feel that anything is wrong and may only find out about their condition with a lab test which can be prescribed by a physician.
- Even though hypercalcemia may not have noticeable symptoms, there are important consequences that need to be considered. For example, high levels of calcium can result in anorexia, chills, constipation, confusion, depression, fever, fatigue, increased urination, nausea, pancreatitis, thirst, vomiting and weight loss.
- True vitamin D toxicity happens when high levels of calcium go undetected, and calcium begins to build up in organs, such as the kidneys, causing renal or bladders stones.
- In order to produce hypercalcemia, most adults would have to take more than 10,000 IU daily for many months or years. Cases of hypercalcemia while taking 10,000 daily for several months have not been reported in published literature.
- Most patients with vitamin D toxicity recover fully after discontinuing the vitamin D supplement and avoiding sun exposure for a certain amount of time.
How much is too much?
The following summarize the facts for adults:
- The current safety limit for vitamin D supplements in adults is 2,000 IU (50ug)
- Review of the literature shows the lowest dose of vitamin D proven to cause toxicity in adults is 40,000 IU/day for many months
- Farmers and lifeguards, who are exposed to long periods of sunlight would manufacture 10,000 IU of vitamin D in their skin daily without the use of sunscreen.
- Some experts believe that the official safety limit is very conservative and not based on current evidence
The following summarizes the facts for infants:
"The Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for vitamin D for infants up to one year of age is set at 25ug (1,000 IU) per day which is based on studies examining the highest intake at which no adverse affects were observed on linear growth." Note that the UL is defined as the highest continuing daily intake of a nutrient that is likely to pose no health risks for almost all individuals.
Overall, it is best to seek individual advice from an informed healthcare profession who is familiar with vitamin D and your health status. Also, follow the directions on the label of products and notify your healthcare provider if you have concerns.
Vitamin D Recommendations
How much vitamin D should you be taking? There is no easy answer because nobody really knows how much vitamin D humans really require. Making sure that you and your family members have enough vitamin D is often an individualized approach and depends on a number of factors, including the time spent outdoors in summer sunshine, the types of food in the diet, and other factors. However, based on scientific data, various medical associations have provided some guidelines.
This website cannot make or endorse any recommendations. The best advice and answers come from your physician or other healthcare professional. Your physician may require a blood test to review your current blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D3 (calcidiol) - the major metabolite of vitamin D3 to determine your vitamin D nutritional status. The recommendations are summarized below.
Vitamin D Recommendations:
|Group Making Recommendation
||Recommended Daily vitamin D3 Intake /day|
|Canadian Pediatric Society
|Canadian Cancer Society
Adults, during fall & winter and all year for those at risk of low vitamin D
Canadian Dermatology Association
All adults concerned about vitamin D
Most healthy adults
800 IU - 1000 IU
High risk adults
800 IU - 2000 IU
Canadian Pediatric Society
Canadian Pediatric Society
Breastfed infants in Canada's north (>55°N latitude)
American Academy of Pediatrics
|Partially breastfed infants and formula fed infants who are ingesting < 1000 mL of fortified formula/day
American Academy of Pediatrics
|Children and adolescents
|Canada's Food Guide
||Adults over 50 (as a supplement to diet)
|Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine
Infants, children, adolescents,
adults up to age 50
The bottom-line is that many people find it difficult to obtain vitamin D from natural sources. For this reason, many physicians routinely recommend a vitamin D supplement. Talk to you healthcare practitioner to understand what is right for you! Special Populations
Certain people are more at risk of vitamin D deficiency than others. Oftentimes, there is no way to change the factors that are putting these people at greater risk.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) identifies the following groups at risk of vitamin D deficiency1:
- Breastfed Infants. Human breast milk contains is considered the most perfect nutrition for infants. However, it contains only trace amounts of vitamin D. This is reason for the long-standing recommendations for breastfed infants to receive a vitamin D supplement.
- Adults over 50 yrs of age. Research shows that older individuals have a greater risk of hip fractures and this is often associated with low blood levels of 25(OH)D.
- Many people spend the majority of the day indoors at work, school or other activities, limiting their time in direct sunshine. This also includes people who live in northern climates, and climates that do not receive sunshine. This also includes individuals who may wear robes and coverings for religious reasons.
- People with dark skin. Darker skin pigmentation means that it takes longer (sometimes 4 times longer depending on the level of skin color) for these individuals to make vitamin D in the skin.
- People who have difficult digesting fat. Impaired fat absorption is associated with a variety of medical conditions including some forms of liver disease, cystic fibrosis, and Crohn's disease. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, and dietary sources of vitamin D may be difficult to absorb for people with these conditions.
- Obesity and people who have undergone gastric bypass surgery. Experts suspect that the relationship between obesity and lower vitamin D levels may be due to storage of vitamin D in excess body fat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need to give vitamin D to my baby if I am breastfeeding
A: Breast milk is the optimal food for infants. The one thing it almost never contains is vitamin D. When a mother has low vitamin D blood levels then her breast milk does not contain the sunshine vitamin. Because vitamin D3 is usually obtained by exposing skin to summer sunshine, vitamin d is the one nutrient most often deficient in breast milk.
Vitamin D deficiency can result in Rickets (a painful disease associated with a softening of the bones and growth plates. Cases of vitamin D deficiency rickets have been confirmed in infants, toddlers and children in Canada. Vitamin D is a building block involved in repair and maintenance of the body. In a recent publication that reviewed controlled trials, vitamin D reduces total mortality. Many believe that the greatest role vitamin D can play is to decrease the risk of chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, common cancers, infectious diseases, and autoimmune diseases.
Vitamin D3 increases calcium absorption by as much as 30 to 80 percent. It is estimated that most Canadians are vitamin D deficient. Studies of urban toddlers found that 1/3 of children had vitamin D deficiency. There are few sources of vitamin D. The need for a supplement like Kids Ddrops, will depend on your individual child. The best advice comes from your physician.
Q: If I am not breastfeeding or partially breastfeeding, does my baby still need a vitamin D supplement?
A: The D Drops Company cannot make medical recommendations. Some medical associations have developed guidelines based on years of research and published literature. The best advice comes from your physician.
Health Canada states that infants fed on commercially available breast milk substitutes (i.e. formula) do not need a vitamin D supplement since formula is already fortified with 100 IU/ 250 mL.i
The recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that partially breastfed infants should be supplemented with 400 IU/day of vitamin D until they ingest > 1L/day of vitamin D-fortified formula or whole milk. (Whole milk should not be used until after 12 months of age)ii
The AAP also recommends that non-breastfed infants who are ingesting < 1,000 mL of vitamin D-fortified formula, should receive a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU/day.
Q: Why shouldn't I just expose my baby to sunlight to ensure adequate absorption of vitamin D?
A: While UVB rays from sunlight are a main source of vitamin D for humans, the Canadian Dermatology Association, Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society impress upon us the importance of wearing sunscreen to protect children from skin cancer later in life.
Canadian Dermatology Association and Health Canada advise that infants under 1 year should be kept out of direct sunlight due to the risk of skin cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society also recommends to keep babies less than 1 year old out of direct sun.
The use of sunscreen with a sun protection factor of eight reduces the skin production of vitamin D by 97.5% in adults
Q: What is the vitamin D recommendation for children?
A: The D Drops Company cannot make medical recommendations. Some medical associations have developed guidelines based on years of research and published literature. The best advice comes from your physician. Health Canada refers to a DRI (Daily Reference Intake) of 200 IU/day for babies >1 year. A supplement may be recommended for children whose diet contains <200 IU of vitamin D. The recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that older children and adolescents who do not obtain 400 IU/day of vitamin D through fortified milk (100 IU per 250mL serving) or through vitamin D-fortified foods (such as fortified cereals, eggs, fish) should receive a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU/day.6
Q:How do I give my infant Baby Ddrops?
A: Ddrops products, including Baby Ddrops are specifically designed for breastfed babies. One drop goes on any clean surface such as mom's nipple, or a clean pacifier, then is sucked off the clean surface rather than dropped directly into the baby's mouth. It is tasteless, so it goes in unnoticed.
Q: Is there a concern about overdosing my baby? What if I give too much? What is the most I can give?
A: "The Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) for vitamin D for infants up to one year of age is set at 25ug (1,000 IU) per day which is based on studies examining the highest intake at which no adverse affects were observed on linear growth". (based on Health Canada 2004). - Note: the UL is defined as the highest continuing daily intake of a nutrient that is likely to pose no health risks for almost all individuals One purified drop of Kids Ddrop contains 400 IU of vitamin D3, so 2-3 drops would represent the tolerable upper limit of vitamin D3 for infants. The UL was set by a systematic approach. In the case of vitamin D, the critical adverse effect of vitamin D was retarded linear growth, observed at vitamin D intakes of 1,800-4,500 IU per day. A (NOAEL) level at which no adverse effects were observed is at 1,800 IU per day. A factor of 1.8 was applied to the NOAEL to account for any data uncertainty, resulting in the UL of 1,000 UI.8
Q: I think that I accidently gave my baby 2 drops instead of just one drop. What should I do?
A: One purified drop of Baby Ddrop contains 400 IU of vitamin D3, so 2 drops would represent 800 IU which is under the tolerable upper limit of 1000 IU vitamin D3 for infants. The next day's dose can also be skipped, to make-up for the second drop.
Q: Can I be sure of the exact dose each time?
A: Baby Ddrops uses the "Eurodropper" technology. The size of each drop is based on surface tension and the stickiness between the oil and the dropper. These factors remain constant, thus ensuring a consistent drop size every time. To slow down how quickly the drop comes out, the bottle is tilted slightly from vertical. Unlike an eyedropper with a rubber bulb, there is no need to do anything other than hold the bottle upside down, and the liquid does not get contaminated by the rubber bulb. They consider the Eurodropper format safer for children than an eyedropper style liquid vitamin D: A Eurodropper limits the amount of vitamin D dosage that can get out by accident, since it comes one drop at a time. The contents also cannot all spill out if the bottle tips over. The eyedropper can get dirty easily.
Q: What is the best time of day to give Baby Ddrops?
A: Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so it is stored in the body until it is required. Therefore, the time of day is not a factor when giving Kids Ddrops. The best advice is to establish a daily routine that allows parents to remember to give the drop consistently each day.
Q: What is the difference between Baby Ddrops and Kids Ddrops?
A: Both products contain 400 IU of naturally sourced vitamin D in just one drop. Kids Ddrops 400 IU is a simple, safe, and fun way for toddlers and children to receive 400 IU of vitamin D and features an appealing package for children. Kids Ddrops 400 IU is a 60 drop product (1.7mL), while Baby Ddrops is a 90 drop product (2.5mL). This provides an option of a lower purchase price (approximately $12 vs $16). The cost per dose of both products remains the same, approximately 20 cents per dose. The instructions for Kids Ddrops are different than those for Baby Ddrops, so they felt it would be better to have a package designed just for children. The instructions for Baby Ddrops are specific to breast-fed babies and placing the drop on clean surface, such as mom's nipple and having the baby suck to ingest the drop. Kids Ddrops dosing involves having the drop placed on food or in a drink.
Q: Does the Baby Ddrops bottle need to be shaken to get the drop out?
A: Do not shake the bottle to get the drop out. Hold the bottle upside down, and let the drop come out by itself.
Q: What else is in this product?
A: Ddrops contains vitamin D and a thin vegetable oil. The oil is purified from coconut and palm kernel oil. There is no chemical treatment involved. The oil is distilled and is similar to the oils present in breast milk. It is wheat-free, gluten-free, soya-free, sugar-free and peanut-free. It is tasteless, odorless with no artificial flavors, no coloring and requires no preservative. Consumers may want to compare this list of ingredients with vitamin D products for adults.
Q: What is the source of the vitamin D?
A: Vitamin D3 is the form naturally produced in human skin exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D3 in vitamin supplements starts as lanolin (the oil obtained from wool of sheep and lambs). The lanolin is exposed to ultraviolet light to activate the fat that then turns into vitamin D3. The vitamin D3 is purified and used for vitamin supplement products or to fortify food and milk. Although Ddrops brand vitamin D3 is an animal sourced product, the animal is not harmed during this process. Ddrops are suitable for lacto-ovo vegetarians.
Q: What is the clinical trial proof that Baby Ddrops works?
A: Ddrops is an oil-based vitamin D3. All research with oil-based vitamin D3 has been shown to produce the expected response in the blood test for vitamin D3. Actually, oil is the most traditional way to obtain vitamin D - after all, the vitamin D story started with Cod-Liver Oil.
Q: How long is the product good for?
A: The expiry date is printed on the bottle, as well as the box. The oil used in Ddrops is purified to remove elements that tend to go bad. This oil does not go rancid when exposed to air, and the amber glass bottle protects it from light. The oil protects the vitamin D, keeping it stable.
Q: Doesn't the oil in Baby Ddrops go rancid?
A: The oil is purified to remove the parts that tend to go bad. The oil protects the vitamin D, keeping it stable.
Q: Does Baby Ddrops need to be refrigerated once the bottle is opened?
A: Ddrops products do not require refrigeration.
Q: What if the Baby Ddrops bottle is left outside and freezes?
A: Stability testing for Ddrops products has been done between 15ºC and 30ºC. We have tested the effects of freezing on Ddrops. It does become hard at temperatures below freezing, but after it thaws back to room temperature, Ddrops returns back to normal.
Q: My bottle of Baby Ddrops seems to be only ¼ full? Has some product leaked out?
A: Baby Ddrops 400 IU is sold as a 90 drop or 2.5mL product. The bottle size used for Ddrops products is a standard size of 15mL, so it appears to be partially full, although it contains enough product to dispense at least 90 drops (or 2.5mL). Always check the safety seal and look for signs of leakage.
Q: Is the vitamin D still OK if the cap is left off the bottle for a long period of time such as day?
A: Leaving the cap off the bottle will not affect the vitamin D. The oil used in Ddrops products will not go rancid when exposed to air, and the amber bottle protects it from light. These things keep the vitamin D very stable. It is still recommended to keep the cap on the bottle.
Q: Do they have samples?
A: As part of the commitment to Health Canada, The Ddrops Company does not give product directly to the public.
Some physicians have samples of Baby Ddrops and Kids Ddrops.
Q: I have not heard about Baby Ddrops before...my doctor has not told me about this. Why?
A: Ddrops is a relatively new product that utilizes innovative technology. It has been developed by researchers in Canada and is actually recommended by many physicians and pharmacists.
At Ddrops Company, they are passionate about Vitamin D! Ddrops Company is 100% Canadian owned and operated and was founded in response to a need for a simply better way to provide the one vitamin that is most often deficient in Canadians and Americans - Vitamin D. Their research and development is geared toward developing and marketing safe, effective, convenient and economical forms of vitamin D supplements under the Ddrops brand. Their mission is to spread a little sunshine vitamin one drop at a time.
Their Commitment to Quality
From their family to yours, they have high standards for their products. All their products have received Natural Health Product Numbers (NPNs) from Health Canada. Ddrops Company follows the good manufacturing standards set by Health Canada, and takes steps beyond these high standards to ensure that their product is pure, consistent and safe.