Does Your Child Need a Multivitamin?

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Talk to Your Pediatrician First

Always remember to consult with a doctor before starting your child on a nutritional supplement program. Be sure to purchase multivitamins designed for children specifically. You will need to instruct your child that their vitamins are not candy and may only be taken when you give the vitamins to them.

Incidentally, there is a broad selection of candy-flavored vitamins, usually chewable, which should make the process painless. Just remember, vitamins are not a replacement for a balanced and healthy diet or for medication.

Vitamin D

Mayo Clinic emeritus consultant, Jay L. Hoecker M.D., suggests that parents give their children a vitamin D supplement for strong bone and teeth development. He cites the American Academy of Pediatrics' suggestion to make sure that your child is getting 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D if they do not consume 32 ounces of vitamin D fortified milk daily.