Vit A Blue Capsule?
My baby is 1 year old. In August, I want to be given a red capsule … it should have been last February I was given a blue capsule of vitamin A. Because I forgot so is it okay? Directly given a red capsule?
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Vitamin A has an important function in supporting vision. Not only that, vitamin A also plays a role in maintaining the body's resistance so that it is not prone to infection, maintaining healthy skin, preventing premature aging, and supporting various other body functions. Naturally, vitamin A is found in various types of food, for example liver, fish, yogurt, milk, eggs, cheese, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, red peppers, mangoes, papayas, low-fat butter, low-fat milk, and cereals that have been fortified.
In addition to consuming foods rich in vitamin A, to meet the national vitamin A needs, the government has also launched a program of giving vitamin A capsules every year for children aged 6 to 59 months which are given free of charge. There are 2 types of capsules, namely:
Blue capsule; contains a dose of vitamin A 100,000 IU, intended for infants aged 6 to 11 months
Red capsule; contains a dose of vitamin A 200,000 IU, intended for babies aged 12 to 59 months
If you have forgotten to include your baby in this vitamin A program when your baby is less than 1 year old, then the right step you should take right now is to include your baby in the vitamin A program at this time. It is not a problem for babies to get red vitamin A capsules immediately even though they have not yet received blue vitamin A capsules, because what is different from the two capsules is only the dose of vitamin A. Given the age of your baby who is now over 1 year old, of course what needs to be given is a red vitamin A capsule.
Don't hesitate .. Bring your baby directly to the nearest health facility so that their health can be evaluated directly and given the right vitamin A capsule. Lack of vitamin A in infants has the risk of causing babies and children later to experience vision problems (for example due to refractive errors and cataracts), getting sick easily due to weak immune systems, and impaired skin health.
Hope it helps ..
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah