PARENTS of the children in our studies agreed TO USE THE SUPPLEMENTS ONLY AS DIRECTED. They also agreed that they would NOT give their children any other vitamins or nutritional supplements containing vitamins A or D.
NEW: Do NOT give these supplements to a child whose diet includes large amounts of liver.
PARENTS of the children in our study were also advised to:
KEEP the supplements OUT OF REACH of children.
REFRIGERATE the cod liver oil after opening to maintain freshness, (preferably on a HIGH SHELF).
These instructions are IMPORTANT to:
NEW: One teaspoon of Carlson’s lemon-flavored cod liver oil now contains about 850 IU (International Units) of vitamin A (it used to contain 2000-2500 IU of vitamin A); it still contains 400 IU of vitamin D. Half of a tablet of Carlson For Kids chewable vitamin/mineral tablet now contains 1250 IU of pre-formed vitamin A (as the palmitate) and 1250 IU of beta-carotene; it still contains 200 IU of vitamin D (as D3). Therefore, a child taking these doses will receive a TOTAL DAILY DOSE of 2350 IU of pre-formed vitamin A, and 600 IU units of vitamin D. These total daily doses are higher than the recommended daily allowances for children, but far below levels considered toxic for children.
The amount of vitamins A and D VARIES in different preparations of cod liver oil and children’s vitamins; even the same manufacturer can make changes over time. Particularly if you choose to use supplements other than those used in our research, it is essential that you READ THE LABEL and review the total dose of vitamins A and D contained that they contain with your child’s qualified healthcare provider.
J. R. Carlson Laboratories, Inc. (Arlington Heights, IL) donated the nutritional supplements used in our supplementation studies; Dr. Linday has no other affiliation with Carlson laboratories.
The above dosage information and chart are copyrighted materials; the copyright is owned by Linda A. Linday, M.D., 2003, 2005 & 2006. The above materials are intended for individual use only; individuals may make a copy to share with their child's prescribing healthcare professional; the above materials may not be otherwise copied or distributed in any form without the express permission of Dr. Linday.
© 2003 by Linda A. Linday, M.D.; revised © 2005, 2006 & 2010 by Linda A. Linday, M.D.
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