Should I give my child multivitamins?
Let’s look at the different reasons why giving your child a multivitamin might be a healthy idea.
No matter how hard you try, your toddler refuses to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables. Your child subsists on mac-n-cheese and hot dogs. The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't have an official stance on giving multivitamins to children because they believe all kids should receive their nutrients through healthy eating.
But, if getting your toddler to eat greens feels like continuous potty training then a multivitamin provides peace of mind for the parent. Also, it’s like an insurance policy against disease.
If your child follows a specific strict diet than a children’s vitamin might provide a nutritional boost. For example, if your child is lactose intolerant then receiving some extra vitamin D can’t hurt.
Other restrictive diets that don't include fatty fish like salmon, sardines or mackerel might not receive omega-3 fatty acids. Omegas play a role in concentration and brain development. Omega-3 fatty acids aren't produced naturally in the body, so a vegetarian or vegan diet makes it hard for children to take advantage of this nutrient. Research is mixed on exactly how essential omegas are, but the Mayo Clinic states that some evidence shows improvement in learning and concentration.
Low Vitamin D Reserve in Pregnancy
Getting pregnant is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life. Once you have a positive pregnancy test, then choosing a baby name, buying a car seat, and tracking your baby’s development are exciting new parent endeavors. As part of your patient care, your child’s doctor recommends healthy eating and resting as much as possible.
But sometimes pregnant women don't have enough vitamin D. Calcium is made with vitamin D. Basically, the suns rays turn into vitamin D as the sunshine is absorbed through the skin. Vitamin D is responsible for healthy bones and an essential vitamin for women's health. Women pass on vitamins and minerals to their growing baby. Recent studies show that If there's a vitamin deficiency for pregnant women, then newborns arrive with low levels as well.
Breast is Best
Also, everyone understands that breast milk is the best food for your newborn, but if the mother has low levels of vitamin D then a daily multivitamin for both the mother and child provides a steady supply of nutrients. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends vitamin D3 supplementation for all breastfeeding mothers.
Healthy kids mean a happy life for both children and parents. Giving your child multivitamins is an insurance policy that helps parents sleep at night. Follow the dosage instructions and ask your healthcare provider for recommendations.
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