Free Healthy Start vitamins for ALL:
- Children under 4 years old
- Pregnant women
- Mothers of a child under 1 year old
If they are registered with a Birmingham GP
Why should I take Healthy Start vitamins?
These contain vitamin D, which offers protection against rickets and is important for the development of strong, healthy bones. Everyone needs this vitamin but especially growing children and women who are pregnant or have a child under the age of 1.
What happens if we don’t get enough vitamin D?
Growing children can develop rickets which can slow their walking and development. If pregnant women don’t have enough in their bodies their babies are born with low levels of this important vitamin and this can cause them in some cases to have fits.
Can’t I get enough vitamin D through my diet?
Very few foods contain vitamin D. Most vitamin D is formed in the body by sunlight acting on exposed skin. We don’t get much sunshine in the UK and tend to cover up because of the cold. The best way to be sure we are getting enough Vitamin D is to take Healthy Start vitamins.
Avoid rickets by:
- Taking your Healthy Start vitamins for Women in pregnancy and until your child is 1 year old
- Giving Healthy Start Children’s vitamin drops to your children until they reach age 4
- Getting some sunlight on your and your children’s skin whilst taking care not to get sunburnt
- Eating foods with vitamin D in them such as oily fish, eggs (well-cooked), margarine and fortified breakfast cereals
So don’t miss out, speak to your midwife, health visitor or children’s centre. Free Healthy Start vitamins for women and chil