A while ago I was asked to review Ddrops for mums and babies, and we love them! Even though the sun is now shining most days, did you know that you have to have your face and forearms exposed to the sun, without sun protection on, for about 20 minutes to get enough Vitamin D? In the UK we are all likely to be Vitamin D-deprived during the winter; and even in summer, we have all been given the sun cream message so strongly that we risk not getting enough Vitamin D. As a result as many as 1 in 4 people in the UK have a Vitamin D deficiency.
During pregnancy the message about Folic Acid has had a real impact and most newly expectant mamas will be aware of the need to take it, but the Vitamin D message has yet to get through.
Vitamin D is essential for optimal calcium absorption and is especially important for growing bones. It:
• helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorous from foods to maintain healthy bones and teeth
• contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle function
• contributes to the normal function of the immune system and healthy inflammatory response
Vitamin D contributes to normal cell division and is especially important during periods of rapid growth such as throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Vitamin D deficiency impairs the absorption of dietary calcium and phosphorus, which can give rise to bone problems such as rickets in children, and bone pain and tenderness as a result of osteomalacia in adults. The guidelines encourage women to take vitamin D before, during and after pregnancy to support foetal and breast fed babies’ development.
The Department of Health recommends that:
- all pregnant and breastfeeding women take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (0.01mg) of vitamin D to ensure the mother's requirements for vitamin D are met and to build adequate foetal stores for early infancy.
- all babies and young children aged six months to five years should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D in the form of vitamin drops to help them meet the requirement set for this age group of 7-8.5 micrograms (0.007-0.0085mg) of vitamin D a day.
- babies fed infant formula will not need vitamin drops until they are receiving less than 500ml (about a pint) of infant formula a day, as these products are fortified with vitamin D.
- breastfed infants may need to receive drops containing vitamin D from one month of age if their mother has not taken vitamin D supplements throughout pregnancy.
Breastfeeding is the most effective way of protecting the health of the child but breastfed infants may need to receive drops containing vitamin D from one month of age if their mother has not taken vitamin D supplements throughout pregnancy.
In addition mothers who have low or no exposure to the sun, for example those who cover their skin for cultural reasons, or who have darker skin, for example people of African, African-Caribbean and South Asian origin, because their bodies are not able to make as much vitamin D.
Ddrops have two different products to ensure that both mothers and babies get enough Vitamin D3:
- Mum Ddrops which are for pregnant or breastfeeding mums to help ensure sufficient Vitamin D is passed to their baby;
- Mini Baby Ddrops for babies over 6 months, which you can just put on your finger or on your nipple for baby to take easily.
Ddrops® products feature a EuroDdropper™ dispensing technology. A single drop of Ddrops®, accurately dispensed by the EuroDdropper™, can be licked from a clean surface or added to food or drink. There is no syringe or bulb-style dropper required to dispense Ddrops® and no measurement needed since the exact amount is dispensed in every single drop. Ddrops® products can also be easily taken with you wherever you go because they do not require refrigeration.
Both products are designed to be take as a single drop and, I must admit, I was slightly incredulous at the idea of taking a liquid drop at first, being used to vitamin tablets, the size of horse pills in some cases! But actually popping a tiny drop on your clean hand makes them really easy to take, and presumably easy to absorb quickly too. For the girls, being able to pop a drop into their water or juice is perfect, as they can be somewhat resistant to taking supplements!
Ddrops is a family of liquid vitamin D drops for adults, mums and babies. Both are specifically formulated to comply with DoH recommendations and are now available in Boots, RRP £9.99.
Ddrops® - The sunshine vitamin in just one drop
Ddrops® contain no preservatives, no artificial flavours, and no colourings.