Cartoon characters, bright colors, different flavors; the vitamin world is speaking to children. But when it comes to taking daily supplements, pediatricians say, kids don’t necessarily need them.
“Healthy children who eat a normal well balanced diet do not need vitamins. Now that exception is kind of a big one and that is Vitamin D. And what we know is that most children here in the US do not meet their RDA for Vitamin D.”
That RDA for Vitamin D for children is 600 international units a day; the equivalent of 32 ounces, or 4 cups of fortified milk, or 4 servings of fortified dairy products such as yogurts and cheeses.
“Since most children aren’t getting that amount of milk, calcium is also part of that- so we also do recommend a calcium supplement along with the Vitamin D.”
One final word of caution for parents regarding vitamins made for children: “The only issue would be that you are putting that out of reach like any other medicine, because they do, they look and they taste like candy, especially the gummies, well, all of them really, so you want to be careful about ingestion, especially any vitamins that contain iron. Iron if it’s overdosed can be toxic.”
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