Aug 02

Over the years, experts, including pediatricians, have differed on the benefits of over-the-counter vitamins for kids. Are they necessary? Or are our children better for the more natural method of vitamin intake? One thing’s for sure: pediatricians and other experts agree that regardless of the source, the end goal is what parents should have in their crosshairs. Take a look as we delve into this subject a bit further.

Disclaimer: This information is provided to present differing opinions and latest information on this topic. Parents should always consult and defer to their family physicians and/or pediatricians for medical advice.

It does appear there’s been a shift in the past few decades over whether or not vitamins for kids are necessary. Experts have long since insisted a healthy and balanced diet is the best way to ensure our little ones are getting all of the nutrients they need. There began a turning of the tides, so to speak, as more realized the traditional family life of dinner at five, with a well balanced meal was becoming increasingly rare as both Mom and Dad worked outside the home , and everyone’s schedules varied greatly. This introduced that age old question as to whether multi vitamins for kids would benefit their health.

The FDA has its own advice in terms of which kids might benefit most from a multivitamin or mineral supplement:

  • Children who don’t eat well balanced meals at regular intervals
  • Children who are picky about what they eat
  • Children with medical conditions – including digestive problems and even breathing problems like asthma*
  • Kids who often “eat on the run” via fast food restaurants
  • Children who are being raised in a vegetarian or vegan home
  • Kids who are involved in physically demanding sports
  • Kids who drink a lot of sugary sodas

*Always consult your child’s doctor before deciding to add any kind of supplements on top of medications.

In order to ensure your children are getting as many vitamins and nutrients the traditional way, incorporate dairy products, such as milk and cheese; fresh fruits and vegetables; plenty of protein found in chicken, tuna, eggs and meat; and whole grains that are found in oatmeal, cereal and rice.

So which ones are crucial for children’s healthy growth? According to the FDA, vitamins A, B (including B2, B6 and B12), C, D and calcium are an absolute necessity.

  • Vitamin A is found in dairy products and orange or yellow veggies, such as carrots and squash.
  • Vitamin B family can be found in nuts, dairy products, soybeans and chicken
  • Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits and green veggies
  • Vitamin D is found in dairy products – and sunlight, which is healthy in moderation; and, of course
  • Calcium, which is also found in dairy products

And speaking of moderation, when it comes to vitamins and minerals, there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing”. This is only one more reason why consulting with your child’s doctor is your first best measure for keeping your little ones healthy and happy.



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