The recommended daily allowance for vitamin D keeps going up as research is done. Since 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended 200 IU for all breastfed infants from birth onward but in October of 2008 they changed their recommendation to 400 IUs for all children. Adults can take 1,000 IU or 2,000 IU if you have low blood levels. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin but according to current research toxic levels begin at 10,000IU a day--so supplementation is safe. My 7 year old is supposed to get 600 IUs. A tsp of cod liver oil will provide 400IUs of Vitamin D, which can be a good food source for kids. And one packet of Rainbow Light Nutristart Multivitamin Powder (for infants & Children from 6 months to 4 years) also provides 400IU. (Also, the Rainbow Light Multivitamin has been tested by my way too sensitive 3 year old and it definitely is gluten free/dairy free!)
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