What vitamins to give children?
Do children really need vitamins? And if they do, how do you know which ones to choose? Find out all the answers you need to know about children’s vitamins.
The pediatrician may recommend children’s vitamins for kids who:
- Who aren’t eating enough
- Tend to have digestive problems
- Don’t eat on a well-balanced diet
- Eat a lot of processed, fast food
- Follow a vegetarian or vegan diet
- Eat a dairy-free diet
- Drink a lot of carbonated drinks
Many multivitamins, available over-the-counter at pharmacies or grocery stores, are in chewable or gummy form to make it easy for kids to eat and digest. They also feature fun flavors and shapes to encourage kids to want to take their vitamins when it’s time. These types of multivitamins often contain necessary nutrients to support kids’ bone health, energy levels, immune system, and overall wellness. Here are some key children’s vitamins to look for when shopping around.
Vitamin A: Promotes normal growth and development, including tissue and bone repair, a strong immune system, and healthy skin and eyes. Food sources of vitamin A include carrots, squash, other orange-yellow vegetables, and also milk, cheese and eggs.
Vitamin B: The B-family vitamins, which include B2, B3, B6 and B12, help support metabolism, energy levels, and healthy nervous and circulatory systems. Meat, fish, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, and beans contain high levels of B vitamins.
Vitamin C: Naturally found in citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, and tomatoes, vitamin C helps support healthy tissues, skin, and muscle development.
Vitamin D: This vitamin helps promote proper bone and tooth formation and also helps the body to absorb calcium, necessary for strong, healthy bones. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D.
Calcium: This mineral helps kids build strong bones as they grow.
Iron: Assists in strong muscle development and is essential for healthy red blood cells. Natural sources for iron include meats such as turkey and pork, red meats, spinach, and beans.