Should Kids Take Vitamin Supplements?
People often ask me, Should my kids take vitamin supplements. Vitamins and minerals are important elements of any healthy diet for children. While the human body cannot produce adequate amounts of many vitamins, obtaining these vitamins from nutritional foods is essential. Children with a balanced diet rarely need vitamin supplements; however, exceptions do exist.
- Consult your Pediatrician before your kids take vitamin supplements: If you are concerned that your child’s nutritional needs cannot be met through diet alone, talk to your pediatrician first. Large quantities of vitamin supplements are not necessarily healthy, and your pediatrician will be able to recommend appropriate supplements. Children with a poor appetite, erratic eating habits or a very restrictive diet may need a multivitamin or other supplement to address missing pieces in their diet.
- Work With KareBoost’s Pediatric Registered Dietitian (Nutritionist): Most nutritional needs can be met through a balanced diet, but if you are struggling to figure out what that means for your family, consider working with our nutritionist. A nutritionist can help you plan meals and devise a plan that is not only nutritious but also delicious.
- Eat a Wide Variety of Fruits and Vegetables: One way to work towards a balanced diet is by including many fruits and vegetables in your child’s diet. For example, Vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, strawberries, spinach and broccoli. Vitamin A, essential to normal growth and tissue repair is found in yellow vegetables and also diary products. Also look for foods with calcium, such as low-fat dairy, Vitamin D, such as eggs, and iron, such as beef, turkey and spinach.
Remember, when in doubt about your child’s nutritional needs, or before your kids take vitamin supplements consult your pediatrician. After following your doctor’s recommendations, consider meeting with our nutritionist or our health coach to design healthy meals that your child will like.
Andrea Berez, MS, RD, CSP
Pediatric Registered Dietitian