Toddler Vitamins - Should I Give My Toddler Vitamins?
In answer to the question "Should I give my toddler vitamins?" there is a conflict of opinions,
some experts say that parents should give their toddlers a daily vitamin to make up for what they may not be
getting in their diet. The American Academy of Pediatrics is of the opinion that since most of the foods that you
give your toddler are fortified with extra vitamins they really should not need a supplemental vitamin. However
they do state that it is OK to give your child a multivitamin as long as the one you choose does not exceed the
recommended daily allowance for any vitamin or mineral.
So where does this leave you, should you or give your toddler vitamins or not? In the end it
really is up to you and your pediatrician. Most experts agree that there is no harm in giving your child a daily
multivitamin as long as it does not overdose them on any particular vitamin or mineral. They also acknowledge those
children with food allergies or who are being raised as vegetarians or vegans may need a supplemental vitamin to
ensure that they get their full recommended daily allowance of all vitamins and minerals.
If you have the misfortune to be the parent of a picky eater and are worried that he may be
lacking in certain areas of his diet you may want consider giving him toddler vitamins. Picky eaters can be
described as those who refuse to eat anything green or that go on eating jags where they will not eat anything but
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for days on end. While this may not be devastatingly bad for his overall health
a supplemental vitamin can help make up for what he is not getting through his diet. Even though your toddler may
be getting enough of certain vitamins, a one a day multivitamin will not cause an overdose of those vitamins.
Now that we have established when you should give your toddler a vitamin supplement, we need to
take a look at what kind of vitamins you should give him. In general you should choose a good quality multivitamin,
try to avoid those generic cheap ones that you can find on the bottom shelf at the supermarket. They are usually
old and of poor quality, you should instead opt for name brand ones or go to your local health food store and buy
organic vitamins. These are generally of a much better quality and are
much fresher than those you find at department or grocery stores.
One final question that needs answered, "Is there ever a reason to give my toddler more than one
multivitamin a day?" This question usually follows a conversation regarding the child in question having a bad week
where they did not eat a very healthy diet due to over pickiness or illness. The simple answer to this is that
there is never a reason to give your child more than one multivitamin per day. Here just because one is good does
not mean more is better, in fact more can be too much and could prevent the proper absorption of some of the