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Pregnant women given free multivitamins


Pregnant and breast feeding women, and children up to the age of four are being given free “Healthy Start” multivitamins as part of a government pilot programme in Cardiff.

Health minister for Wales Edwina Hart said the vitamins will help prevent young children from suffering from vitamin A and D deficiencies.

The results of the pilot will be evaluated after 12 months and if successful it will be rolled out across Wales.


Readers' comments (4)

  • When did this practice stop? in the 80's when I had my children - one in Scotland, one in England - we were issued with free Vitamin tickets which we cashed in for bottles of drops when buying our formula (at reduced price) at the Health Clinic.

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  • Why bother with health promotion then? Lets just not advise re: diets and fresh fruit and veg anymore, just give free pills!

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  • Gage

    I think its a great idea, its good to promote good health but this is also great.

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  • Edward Hutchinson

    Healthy Start women's vitamin tablets
    The daily dose is one tablet which contains:
    70 milligrams of vitamin C
    10 micrograms of vitamin D3
    400 micrograms of folic acid

    10mcg Vitamin D3=400iu

    "Circulating 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels in Fully Breastfed Infants on Oral Vitamin D Supplementation" free full text online.

    The evidence shows at latitude 32N 4000iu/daily/D3 met the mothers daily needs. 6400iu/daily was required during lactation to enable breast milk to flow vitamin D replete.
    400iu/daily was ideal for a one month old baby.

    Wales is Latitude 52N so who thinks that using a tenth of the amount required at latitude 32N where it is sunnier and warmer and UVB from sunlight is available everyday of the year?

    This isn't a serious attempt to correct vitamin D deficiency.

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