Choosing vitamins for kids can be a daunting task. There are so many choices and so much information, sometimes conflicting other information. Parenthood is hard enough to navigate through, without adding in the complication of deciphering multi vitamins for kids. So here are a few things to check when choosing a children’s multivitamin.
Children are growing and developing at a fast rate meaning that they require more nutrition for their weight than adults do. Nutrients such as omega 3 DHA fats are required to support brain and visual development. DHA contributes to normal visual development of infants up to 12 months of age*. Children are also exposed to a lot of bacteria and virus at play groups and schools simply due to the number of children they come into contact with and children’s typical poor hygiene awareness. Their immune systems are not fully matured and often needs extra support. Topping up with a multivitamin that contains vitamin C is important as it is needed to help support their immune system.
As well as the immune system, vitamin A is needed for skin. Vitamin D is probably the most talked about vitamin and is needed for the normal growth of bones, as well as the immune system. Vitamin E is also a good nutrient to add as it helps to protect against oxidative stress in the body.
You can see from this small selection that nutrients are incredibly important for children’s health. If you are worried about whether your child is getting enough nutrients through their diet, you may want to consider a children’s multivitamin which contains these nutrients.
If your baby has formula milk there are vitamins added. If the baby is breast fed, there are vitamins from the mother’s diet passing through. However, this is usually just at a level to keep them well. Children who become ill or have special requirements may need extra support. As weaning starts, consumption of milk decreases, and then a multivitamin is recommended. Babies may become fussy and not eat as wide a variety of foods that we would like.
Toddlers may be particularly fussy or not seem to eat much. It can be challenging to introduce all of the green vegetables needed for good health. Although children’s diets should be carefully planned and balanced, topping up with a children’s multivitamin can help them to meet their requirements.
Children’s diets should contain 5 portions of vegetables and fruit per day (one child’s handful is one portion), and fish twice per week (1 oily) for omega-3 fatty acids. Some food high in Omega 3 fatty acids are oily fish like mackerel, sardines and salmon. Good eating habits start at weaning, and will support your kid’s health. Giving a children’s multi-vitamin each day is a good habit to get into and helps support the diet.
All children from 6 months to 5 years should take supplements in the form of A, C & D. Children aged 1 to 4 years should take a 10mcg vitamin D supplement every day. Those aged 5 and above are advised to take a 10mcg Vitamin D supplement just during the autumn and winter months. Babies under 12 months should have a daily 8.5mcg to 10mcg vitamin D supplement, while children who have more than 500ml of infant formula milk per day do not need additional vitamin D, as formula is already fortified.
Haliborange has a range of supplements for kids from 1 month to teens:
*The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 100mg of DHA.