Does every child need a daily vitamin?

Not necessarily. Children should get their Vitamins from a balanced, healthy diet that includes milk & dairy products like cheese and yoghurt, plenty of fruit and vegetables, Protein like chicken, fish, meat and eggs, whole grains and brown rice.

So which children need vitamins?

• Children who don’t eat regular, balanced meals

• Fussy eaters who don’t eat enough

• Children with chronic conditions like Asthma or digestive problems and those who are on medications

• Active children who play physically demanding sports

• Children on a vegetarian diet

• Children who drink a lot of fizzy drinks, which can leach vitamins and minerals

What do vitamins do for children?

Vitamin A – Promotes normal growth and development, tissue and bone repair, healthy skin and eyes, and immune responses.  (milk, cheese, eggs, yellow to orange vegetables like carrots, squash.)

Vitamin B – Aids metabolism, energy production and healthy circulatory and nervous systems.  (meat, chicken, fish, nuts, eggs, milk cheese, beans,  soybeans.)

Vitamin C – Promotes healthy muscles, connective tissue and skin. (citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes,  green veggies)

Vitamin D – Promotes bone and tooth formation and help their bodies absorb calcium. (milk & other dairy products and fish oil ) Getting children out in the sun is the best source of Vitamin D!

Calcium – Helps build strong bones as your child grows.   ( milk, cheese, yoghurt)

Iron – Builds muscles and is essential to healthy blood cells.  (red meats, turkey, pork, spinach, beans,  prunes)

Large doses of vitamins – aren’t a good idea for children. The fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K) and iron can be toxic if kids overdose on excessive amounts. Your children can get too much of a good thing.

Courtesy of Broadway Pharmacy

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