Vitamins for parents and children

Why you should get your free Healthy Start vitamins 

Young children may not get enough vitamin A and D even if they’re eating well. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you may not get enough vitamin C, vitamin D or folic acid.

Get these important vitamins for free by using your NHS Healthy Start card. You can get NHS Healthy Start women’s tablets and children’s drops.

They do not contain milk, egg, gluten, soya or peanut residues. They’re suitable for vegetarians and halal diets.

You can get the vitamin tablets while you are pregnant and up to your baby’s first birthday. They contain:

  • folic acid which lowers the chance of babies having spinal problems
  • vitamin C which helps the body’s soft tissue
  • vitamin D which helps babies’ bones to develop properly

Children can take vitamin drops if they:

  • are less than 4 years old
  • have less than 500ml (about one pint) of infant formula a day, as formula already has vitamins added to it

Healthy Start vitamins come as an 8-week supply of:

  • 56 tablets (a daily dose of 1 tablet)
  • 280 drops (a daily dose of 5 drops)

You or your children should not take more than the recommended amount.

Ask your midwife or health visitor where to get your free vitamins.

You’ll need to show your NHS Healthy Start card when you collect your free vitamins.

Who to contact

Healthy Start website
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