Healthy Start Vitamins

PHE are recommending that during this time if you are not going outside often everyone should take a vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms daily. This advice is specifically about protecting bone and muscle health and not reducing the risk of infectious diseases.

Healthy Start Scheme and Covid-19

Vitamins and supplements in pregnancy

You can collect Healthy Start vitamins from:

Hightown Community Sports & Arts Centre
(Concorde Street, Luton, LU2 0JD)
Collection times:
– Monday 11am – 4pm
– Wednesday 11am – 4pm
Contactless payments or Healthy Start vouchers only

Lea Manor Recreation Centre (Northwell Drive, Luton, LU3 3TL)
and
Lewsey Sport Park (Pastures Way, Luton, LU4 0PF)
Collection times:
– Monday to Friday 11am – 4pm
– Saturday 10am – 1pm

Please contact them in advance to check stock availability.

Healthy Start Vitamins

All pregnant and breastfeeding women and children from birth until 5 years old need vitamin supplements (for children who are having 500ml or more of formula a day these vitamins are not needed).

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. It is recommended 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.

Women’s vitamin tablets contain:

  • Folic acid: reduces the chance of your baby having spina bifida, a birth defect where the spine doesn’t form properly
  • Vitamin C: helps maintain healthy tissue in the body
  • Vitamin D: helps your body to absorb calcium and so supports your baby’s bones to develop properly. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia, which causes bone pain and tenderness.

Healthy Start children’s vitamin drops contain:

  • Vitamin A: for growth, vision in dim light and healthy skin
  • Vitamin C: helps maintain healthy tissue in the body
  • Vitamin D: for strong bones and teeth. In children a lack of vitamin D can lead to rickets.

Healthy Start vitamins can help prevent vitamin deficiencies and maintain healthy growth and development for your child. Vitamin D is difficult to get from the diet alone and the best source is from sunlight, therefore during the winter months it is difficult to get adequate amount of vitamins D. Certain groups are at a higher risk of Vitamin D deficiency including pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, babies born with darker skin types and anyone who has little or no exposure to sunlight (for example wear concealing clothing, sun creams or stay indoors etc.)

There are a range of other vitamins available, however many of these contain a range of nutrients that are not suitable, therefore Healthy Start Vitamins are the only vitamin supplements we recommend for your child.

You may also be eligible for free vitamins through the Healthy Start scheme.