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Jessica at Parenting.com
09-09-2008, 04:07 PM
In the October issue of Parenting, a reader asked if they should give multi-vitamins to their picky eater.
The advice was to not give up on letting him try different foods (you never know when they'll suddenly love swiss cheese), and to ask a pediatrician which vitamin would be best for him, if you think that he really needs it.
Also, because children's vitamins can be so yummy, be on the lookout for overdoses and let them know that their chewable vitamin C isn't candy!
Do you give vitamins to your children? What kind do you use?
What made you decide to supplement their diet with vitamins?
09-09-2008, 06:27 PM
I had to ask my pediatrician about vitamins. My girls are very small (never been above the 5% mark) and when we nixed the bottle, there was a sharp decline in their rates. I give them the dropper kind, but I was thinking about moving onto the chewable kind when they turn two in Jan. Whenever they don't eat three full meals, I give them a dose. I'm not sure if it's helped. They have increased the variety of foods they're willing to eat too.
I'm not really concerned about the whole vitamin/candy thing. Yes, it is special, but is reserved for once a day. I remember my parents giving us a fluoride tablet- they were pink and tasted awesome. But I don't think I ever thought of it as candy.
09-10-2008, 03:27 AM
When our older daughter had her 2-year check-up, we were a little concerned that she hadn't gained any weight in 10 months. Since she seemed healthy, happy, and had a decently varied diet, the pediatrician wasn't concerned, but said we could introduce vitamins if we "felt like it."
We give her chewable gummy vitamins that we buy in your normal grocery store. I do know how these can seem like candy to her, so of course we restrict access to it; she can only have them twice a day at the most (according to the label on the bottle, that is). For whatever reason, I think she is able to differentiate between her vitamins and actual candy.
09-10-2008, 07:15 PM
I take an awesome multivitamin myself and give my daughter the dropper kind in her bottle for now.
The best thing to do after talking to your pediatrician is try to find a vitamin that doesn't have the vitamins themselves, but the 'ingredient' that your body uses to make them. For example: beta-carotene instead of vitamin A. That way you can't take too much, if your body doesn't need vitamin A- your body just won't make it.
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04-14-2009, 11:21 AM
My daughter has been on Vitamins since she was 13 months old. We started with Gummy Vitamins now we have progressed to chewables with Iron. She has a long history a anemia. Plus I know she doesn't like alot of "healthy" foods so the Vitamins just give her a little xtra of what she needs.
04-17-2009, 09:15 PM
My son is almost 2 and a half and he takes a gummy Flintstone vitamin in the morning. I keep the bottle out of site, locked away so I dont worry about him getting into them. He is an ok eater but will not eat meat for some reason, so my doctor said if we wanted we could give him vitamins. I think its good to get in the habit of taking a vitamin.
12-08-2009, 08:28 AM
My pediatrician wanted me to start giving my dd the liquid drops for infants when she was only like 2-3 months old. Since I was nursing and she would always spit them up, I didn't give them to her. But I've been giving them to her since she was about a year or so for the fluoride. Once she turns 2, I'm going to ask for flouride only drops, and will switch her to a better children's multi. I think as long as they have a good diet, they may be ok, but it's always difficult to really give them everything they need. Anyway, we're going to start the Nordic Berries by Nordic Naturals. It's a great brand, and there aren't any artificial sweeteners(and I get my supplements at seacoastvitamins.com, so I save a lot and can afford to get better quality supplements). And I keep all vitamins put away up high anyway, to prevent any overdoses, so I'm really not worried about that. When she's older we'll explain they're not candy.
12-09-2009, 10:24 PM
Thank goodness for gummy Flintstone vitamin. My son can be very picky in eating so I make sure to give him vitamins as supplement.
02-18-2010, 05:11 PM
My 3 year old son eats great, but I know that he still could benefit from added nutrients. We started him on a new vitamin over the summer and I have been thankful for all that it has done -- he has not been sick all winter! (last winter we were in the doctors office every few weeks!) I have to cut his nails weekly, which makes me wonder what other positive things it is doing for him. He asks for his every morning when I take mine! I am a PRO vitamin mom!
04-29-2013, 03:20 AM
It is very much important to give proper vitamins and nutrition to your babies which is available from vegetables and organic food. If your baby is above 1 year then you can start to give solid food like sweet potato, boiled rice, soup etc. which are easily digested for your baby and one can gain lot of vitamins and nutrition from that.
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