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When should children be taking vitamins and supplements?

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Foods are the best sources of vitamins. But your pediatrician may recommend a daily multivitamin or mineral supplement for a child who:

  • Doesn’t eat well-balanced, healthy meals regularly
  • Is finicky and won’t eat enough
  • Has asthma, digestive problems, or other long-term conditions, especially if they’re on medications
  • Is a vegetarian or a vegan (they may need an iron supplement), a dairy-free diet (they may need a calcium supplement), or other restricted diet
  • Drinks a lot of carbonated sodas, which can leach vitamins and minerals from their bodies

SOURCES:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Diet and Nutrition."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "How do I know if my child is eating enough?"

American Academy of Pediatrics and Schor, E.L., editor-in-chief. , Bantam, 2001. Caring for Your School-Age Child (Ages 5-12)

Ditchek, S. H. and Greenfield, R.H. Harper Collins, 2002. Healthy Child, Whole Child: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine,

American Diabetes Association: "The Big Three."

FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition: "Spot the Block."

Nemours Foundation: "Kids' Health: Vitamins."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: "Diet and Nutrition."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "How do I know if my child is eating enough?"

American Academy of Pediatrics and Schor, E.L., editor-in-chief. , Bantam, 2001. Caring for Your School-Age Child (Ages 5-12)

Ditchek, S. H. and Greenfield, R.H. Harper Collins, 2002. Healthy Child, Whole Child: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine,

American Diabetes Association: "The Big Three."

FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition: "Spot the Block."

Nemours Foundation: "Kids' Health: Vitamins."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 08, 2018

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