Any moms out there giving their 2 year olds vitamins?? why or why not?? What brand do you use?? Our Ped. has yet to mention vitamins, and of course I never remember toask - about vitamins. My DD is very petite, and I'm concerned she is not getting the proper nutrition becasue she eats so little. any advice/examples??
When our older daughter turned 2, we mentioned to the pediatrician that she hadn't gained any weight in 10 months. She was still healthy, happy, and had a decently varied diet (when she decided to eat, that is!), so the pediatrician wasn't concerned, but she suggested vitamins if we felt like it.
I like gummi multivitamins because they're easier for her to chew. In my experience, it's pretty easy to find these at grocery stores/Target all over the place.
We give both our boys vitamins because they are picky eaters. We use Shaklee infants and toddlers, it's a powder that I mix with their milk every morning and they never even notice that they're drinking their vitamins. Shaklee vitamins are a little pricey, about $10 a bottle which lasts about a month, and you can't find them in the store you have to find a sales person or order them online. I use them because I'm familier with the brand and I trust Shaklee.
I've asked out ped about vitamins on the last few well-child visits and every time she has told me no need. My DD has a very good diet and is not a picky eater by any means, so the ped doesn't want her on vitamins. Recent studies have shown that too many vitamins, especially in a supplement in younger children, can actually be detrimental. So, if they aren't necessary, don't give them. If your child is a picky eater, and/or doesn't eat a well rounded diet rich in fruits/veggies, it is probably necessary to supplement.
I would speak with your ped before you decide to start a vitamin, and ask your ped for recommendations on which vitamin. Other than you, no one knows you child's development and health history like your pediatrician.
I give my son flinstones with iron. The only thing is is that you have to break them in half to give the proper dose. His ped said to use one with iron and he does not like meat or beans at all so I feel better giving him one with iron than with out. The gummie vitamins taste better but they dont contain iron. Do some research on the different types and brands before you buy. Also you could call your ped office and talk to the nurse.
My daughter has been taking "My First Flinstones" since she turned 2, she is now 4. These are specially formulated for toddlers. I always mention to my doctor that she is taking them, and they have never said not to give them to her.
My sister has 3 kids and just uses the regular Flinstone vitamins and breaks them in half for her younger sons (age 3 and 4). The 10 year old gets a whole piece.
I dont recommend the gummy vitamins only because they remind me to much of candy, and I dont want any mistakes with the vitamins. Children can overdose on the iron in vitamins. I dont want to take any chances.
My pediatrician never brought it up- even though my twins are 19 mos. and still haven't hit the 20 lb. mark. I asked, and she said I could give them the Poly-Vi-Sol. The girls don't like it, but I just want to make sure they get enough nutrition, especially on days they decide to be picky eaters.
I think a multi is a good idea for a toddler since most are fairly picky. It helps to be sure they're getting the vitamins and minerals they need even when having a picky eating day. I like the Nordic Berries a lot, because they're very natural. I love Nordic Naturals and use them for myself as well (their fish oil, not their children's multi. I get it at seacoastvitamins.com
I do one a day for my 2 year old. He is picky, my mother is a nurse. She says as long as taken as directed, no harm done.
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