Vitamins - Children’s and
by Martin Smith
Most parents' think their
children are eating a fairly healthy and if not they throw
their hands up in the air and give up. They then ply their
children with multivitamins. No it's not a bad thing
however, many children think that vitamins are candies,
especially now that they come in gummi candy, gumballs, and
cute animal and cartoon character shapes. - This poses a
serious issue because if they are in children's reach they
could be “sneaking” extra tablets without you knowing it. Since
many children's multivitamins are fortified with iron it could
cause an overdose. If you even suspect that your child has
ingested too many call your local poison control center
immediately and get your child to an emergency room
immediately. An overdose of multivitamins with iron could cause
your child to become seriously ill or even die.
It's imperative vitamins and all manner
of medication be kept out of the reach of children.
Generic multivitamins are fine if you think your child needs it
but for the most part, children get most of their vitamins from
their diets. If you child has special needs such not being able
to drink milk or eat dairy products or not liking them s/he
will still need to get the calcium from other sources.
Consult with your child's pediatrician for advice.
If your child's diet is bad one week, do not give him more than
one vitamin a day. Too much of any one vitamin could prevent
others from being absorbed by the body. For example, if your
child gets to much calcium it could prevent the absorption of
other vitamins such as iron. You can expect to give your child
vitamins well into the teen years because children are not
always going to make healthy food choices.
Before you buy vitamins know that there are opposing opinions
regarding iron in vitamins for children. One school of though
is that you in fact should be given vitamins with iron. Another
school of thought says under no circumstances should vitamins
with iron be given to children. In my own experience my child
showed signs of low iron in infancy. At the advice of his
doctor we put him on iron fortified vitamins and he is healthy
now. Always check with your doctor on this.
Too much iron in the blood can cause a disease called
Hemochromatosis. The body becomes unable to utilize the iron
and it is not washed out of the body easily. It is a nearly
always-fatal disease and can cause serious health issues and
Calcium is a very important part of your child's diet to help
them build strong bones and muscles. Calcium is a mineral.
Children who eat ice cream, yogurt, and cheese or who drink
milk usually get enough calcium from their diets. There are
those who do not like dairy products or they don't like them.
It is easy to help these children get what they need by giving
them calcium-fortified juices, cereals and vitamins.
Most children get enough fluoride from drinking fluoride
treated water or fluoride bottled water, and/or toothpaste. Do
not give your child fluoride supplements without checking with
your child's doctor. Too much fluoride could permanently stain
your child's teeth. This totally defeats the purpose of the
treatment of water and the use of tooth paste with fluoride
that are meant to protect your child's teeth.
Infant multivitamins are usually available in liquid form and
given with an eyedropper. These drops usually contain vitamins
A, C, and D. They may also have added iron. They may also
contain other vitamins and minerals such as thiamin,
riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B-12.
Children's multivitamins also commonly come in chewable forms
and the shapes of cartoon characters or animals. They also come
now in gummi candy form and gumballs. If it is difficult to get
your child to take a vitamin try getting one that is like his
favorite character or in gumball form. Monitor your child while
he's taking his vitamin. I personally, give my child the
vitamin rather than allowing him to do it on his own. He may
not take it or he may take too many. Vitamins for children can
be a very good thing however too much of a good thing can be
fatal. Keep them out of reach of children.
Your child may not always eat what is right and giving him
vitamins may offset some of that, however, it is better to err
on the side of caution and check with the pediatrician before
making any adjustments to your child's diet. Fun shapes are
fine but your child could believe they are 'candy' and so they
should be out of his reach or locked away in a cabinet.
About the Author
Martin Smith is a successful freelance writer providing
advice for consumers on purchasing a variety of products which
includes Vitamin C and Herbal Supplements, and more!