Vitamins for children, pregnant and breastfeeding mums
Pick up free NHS Healthy Start vitmains from your Children’s Centre. NHS Healthy Start Vitamins are recommended for all under-fives and pregnant and breastfeeding women. They are provided by Hertfordshire County Council free of charge to Hertfordshire families once your child is 6 months old up until their fourth birthday. If you have a younger baby make sure you purchase one that states it is suitable for children under 12 months and remember to come back to the children’s centre for free Healthy Start Vitamins once your child is 6 months old. If you are claiming benefits and this is a barrier to you buying vitamins for your baby talk to an outreach worker at the Children’s Centre.
If your baby is having at least 500ml of formula milk vitamin supplements aren’t necessary.
Vitamins are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts so that it can work properly. Even though you can get lots of vitamins from a healthy balanced diet, you still might not get everything you need at certain times in your life – such as when you’re pregnant, a new mum or a small child. So UK health departments recommend that at these times you should take a supplement containing specific vitamins to make sure you get everything you need.
Healthy Start vitamins are suitable for vegetarians and halal diets, and free from milk, egg, gluten, soya and peanut residues.
NHS Healthy Start Vitamins web page