Paediatric Dosages


According to Cashman et al, 13% of children have vitamin D deficiency (<30nmol/l)1. At risk groups for vitamin D deficiency include the following2-5;

  • Children in long stay care or in hospital
  • Dark Skinned children
  • Children with a BMI > 98th centile 6
  • Children with limited effective sun exposure
  • Children who are taking certain concomitant medication
  • Children with malabsorption
  • Altavita® D3 is licensed for the prevention and treatment of vitamin D deficiency 2-5
  • Altavita® D3 25,000 oral solution can be taken by children aged 0-18 years 2
  • Altavita® D3 1,000 IU, 7,000 IU, and 25,000 IU soft capsules are licensed for children aged 10 – 18 years 3-5
  • Altavita® D3 50,000 IU soft capsules are not licensed in children 7
  • Please see the Paediatric dose card below for further details
  • Always prescribe Altavita® D3 by brand name and presentation
  • Altavita® D3 1,000 IU, 7,000 IU and 25,000 IU soft capsules can be taken by children aged 10 to 18 years 3,4,5
  • Altavita® D3 50,000 IU soft capsules are not licensed in children7
  • Altavita soft capsules should be swallowed whole with water.
  • They should be taken at mealtimes.

A packet of Altavita D3 showing the contents of the packet, which are 3 liquid capsulesAltavita D3 oral solution can be taken by children aged 0 – 18 years. 2

Altavita®  D3 Oral Solution can be mixed with a small amount of appropriate food such as

  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Other dairy product
  • Or lukewarm food.

If mixing Altavita with food, parents should ensure that their child consumes the entire portion of food so that all of the Altavita is taken.
Parents should not be concerned about the small amount of oral solution remaining in the container after squeezing – it has been deliberately over filled.

  1. Cashman et al (2016) , Vitamin D deficiency in Europe; pandemic?, AMJ Clin Nutr. April vol 103, No. 4 1033 – 1044.
  2. Consilient Health Ltd, Altavita D3 25,000 IU oral solution, Summary of product characteristics – available on medicines.ie
  3.  Consilient Health Ltd, Altavita D3 1,000 IU soft capsules, Summary of product characteristics – available on medicines.ie
  4. Consilient Health Ltd, Altavita D3 7,000 IU soft capsules, Summary of product characteristics – available on medicines.ie
  5. Consilient Health Ltd, Altavita D3 25,000 IU soft capsules, Summary of product characteristics – available on medicines.ie
  6. www.hse.ie/eng/health/child/healthyeating/taskforceonobesity.pdf , Obesity: The Policy Challenges – The Report of the National Taskforce on Obesity 2005.
  7. Consilient Health Ltd, Altavita D3 50,000 IU soft capsules, Summary of product characteristics – available on medicines.ie