Healthy Start vitamins

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. So UK health departments recommend 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 free from milk, egg, gluten, soya and peanut residues.

Pregnant women, women with a baby under one year old and children from six months old to their fourth birthday on Healthy Start will get green Healthy Start vitamin coupons. These will be sent to you, with your Healthy Start vouchers, every eight weeks.

Healthy Start vitamin drops for children packet and Healthy Start vitmains for women bottleHealthy Start 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.

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.

Healthy Start vitamins are for children from six months old or who are having less than 500ml (one pint) of infant formula a day. Babies under six months old who are fully breastfed might benefit from them earlier – ask your midwife or health visitor for advice.

How to get Healthy Start vitamins

England:  Click here to find phone numbers and addresses for local distribution points.  It may be helpful to call ahead if you have not claimed vitamins before.  You can also ask your midwife or health visitor where you can swap your green coupon locally.

Scotland: Open this PDF to look up where they are available locally or ask your midwife or health visitor.

Wales:  Ask your midwife or health visitor where they are available locally.

Northern Ireland: Post the top of Healthy Start letter which shows your address along with the green coupon to the following address and the Healthy Start vitamins will be posted directly to you – remember to send the part of the letter with your address as well as the green coupon:

Business Services Organisation
Healthy Start vitamin scheme
Pinewood Villa
73 Loughgall Road
Armagh
BT61 7PR

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