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Kids Vitamins & Supplements

How do vitamins support my child’s health?

As your child grows, vitamins and minerals play a big part in building and maintaining health. They help with many important things, including bone and brain development, energy production and muscle function, as well as preventing tooth decay. However, knowing which vitamins you should give your child can be a challenge. If you’re not sure about your child’s nutritional and vitamin needs, talk to your pediatrician. Remember to keep vitamins out of the reach of children. (111)

 

What are some important nutrients found in children’s multivitamins?

Fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains and lean meats are important for your child’s diet, as is limiting sweets and sugars. But if meeting your child’s nutritional needs is hard to do through foods alone, a children’s multivitamin may help. Following are some of the important nutrients they contain:

Calcium

Calcium helps to strengthen bones, prevent osteoporosis later in life and improve lifelong dental health. Children can get most of their daily calcium from three cups of low-fat or fat-free milk, but they also need to eat calcium-rich foods to meet their calcium needs. Most milk is fortified with vitamin D, an important nutrient that the body needs to absorb calcium. (112)

Choline

Choline plays an important role in early childhood development. It helps build healthy cells and plays a role in proper brain and muscle function. (114) Choline is found in foods such as meats, eggs, liver, fish, nuts, wheat germ and spinach. (49, 115)

DHA

This is a good kind of fat that may be linked to brain and nerve development. It can be found naturally in fish oils and eggs. Salmon has the highest content of DHA of any fish source. (116)

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Iron is an essential nutrient involved in the body’s growth and development. Those most at risk for iron deficiency are infants who are not given extra iron after 6 months of age and teens once they begin menstruation. (117)

Vitamins C and D

Vitamin C is essential for healthy bones, teeth, gums and blood vessels and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 400-600 lU per day of vitamin D for infants, children and adolescents. (9,113)

 

Nutrients for kids health

Nutrient

Suggested use for kids’ health

Children’s multivitamins

1 per day or take as directed by pediatrician (113)

Calcium

Children

700-1,000 mg per day

Adolescents

1,300 mg per day (118)

Choline

Children

1-3 years: 200 mg per day

4-8 years: 250 mg per day

9-13 years: 375 mg per day

Adolescents: 14-18 years:

Male: 550 mg/day Female 400 mg/day (119)

Fluoride

As directed by a pediatrician or dentist (120)

Iron

Children

7-10 mg per day

Adolescents

8-15 mg per day (121)

 

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