Ideally, most children should receive their daily recommended vitamins and minerals from the food they eat. However, for parents who are challenged for time and aren’t able to prepare well-balanced meals throughout the day; children who are picky eaters or those with certain chronic illnesses, supplements are essential for providing nutrients needed.
There are many types of children’s vitamins available for purchase, but before doing so, it is highly recommended that you speak to your child’s pediatrician. They can help you to determine what kinds of vitamins and minerals are needed as well as the appropriate daily dose. This is important because overdosing can lead to symptoms such as headaches, rashes, nausea or even more severe adverse reactions.
Some of the essential vitamins children need to grow healthy and strong include:
- Iron– Prevents anemia and helps build muscles and healthy red blood cells
- Vitamin D– Most children do not receive enough Vitamin D. It is needed to help with bone growth and development
- Vitamin A-Promotes normal growth and development, as well as healthy eyes and skin. It also aids in repairing bones and tissues
- Calcium-Helps to build strong bones as children grow
Remember to keep in mind that children’s vitamins are supplements and should not replace healthy, well- balanced meals. Try to provide your child with foods that are nutrient-rich and those that are low in calories and sugar. Encourage them to eat as much whole fruits and vegetables as possible. If their diet allows for meat, include meats that are lean and avoid or limit frying as a method of preparation.
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