Multivitamins are useful, we all know that, but the question is exactly how useful are they for kids and when to start using them, if at all? This one question is the most asked one among parents. We will tell you all you need to know about multivitamins.
Should We Give Multivitamins to Kids?
When we focus on children and their day-to-day habits, most of the kids do not need additional supplements other than their daily diet. Food in itself, gives them all the nutrients they require on a daily basis.
It is not recommended to give supplements to children because they are in an age group where they need to eat food themselves to learn eating habits.
Picky Eaters and What to Do with Them?
Most parents are usually worried if their kids are picky eaters. But being a picky eater doesn’t automatically make your child in need of extra nutritional help. They often get an enough number of vitamins and minerals in their bodies through food.
Every child has different needs and sometimes, if they are not taking recommended amount of food for their age group, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are deficient in any way.
Your first course of action is to broaden your child’s diet. Give them room to like and dislike food items on their own. Giving alternate options to eat from helps your child in healthy growth. It is important for them to know that they do not have a backup plan of taking pills instead of eating proper food.
Only taking multivitamins in early age could cause them to become resistant to food on the whole.
Multivitamins as ‘Insurance Policy’
Some people think that multivitamins are an ‘insurance policy’, and can be given to kids irrespective of their daily diets. This theory is wrong because if you give your children excess nutrients than their daily need, it is a very big probability of you making them sick with nausea, headache, and rashes.
Even if you give multivitamins to your children, make sure that it provides them with less than their daily requirement. In this way, the multivitamins won't be harmful for the kids.
Parents should keep in mind that most, if not all, multivitamins for kids come in the shape of gummies. They are neither regular tablets nor candy. For this reason, the dosage of multivitamins should be according to doctor's order, as it requires utmost precaution in handling. These gummies taste like candy and are fun to eat, that's why these should be hidden from kids. It is important for such things to be away from their reach at all cost.
Consult a Doctor First
Let's be clear about one thing, giving multivitamins is not a choice for parents to make, but for an experienced doctor. A pediatrician can recommend if your child needs the extra help or not. The main reason is that we may think a child is not eating properly but he/she might be taking food that is just enough for them.
Giving multivitamins to children without a doctor’s consent could be dangerous for the kids. Multivitamins, if given in high doses, could prove to be toxic for children. That's why it is necessary to ask for a doctor’s opinion first.
On the other hand, if a child is sick with a medical condition that affects his appetite and stops him from taking certain food items due to any reason, it is necessary to provide him with such supplements. But again, if a child is on medication, we have to make sure that his medication doesn’t interact with multivitamins, which is a possibility.
How to Create a Well-Balanced Diet for Your Child
The biggest question for all parents is to what to give to their child to eat every day? How to make a well-balanced diet plan? Well, making meals for a child is no easy feat. It is important to give them a variety of foods. It is advisable to feed them grains, meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and dairy products. Including all of these categories is necessary in a diet plan, but you can use variations each day to make it fun and acceptable for kids of all ages.
Kids should have a balanced and colorful diet that includes each and every nutrient they could possibly get. Similarly, you should avoid junk and sugary food to the best of your ability.
What to Look for in Supplements Before Buying
If your child does need supplements for sustenance, there are a few merits you should check before buying any product, these are:
- Check for company names and repute.
- Safety and quality of the product.
- If the product has been tested before.
- Ingredients used in the product.
- Recommended dosage of product.
Multivitamins That Are Available for Kids in Pakistan
Some multivitamins that are available in Pakistan are given below that are most used and trusted among doctors and parents alike:
Flintstones are multivitamin supplements distributed by Bayer corporation, which is one of the most trusted pharmaceutical companies. It has vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, B6, B12, Iron, Zinc, Folic Acid, and other minerals that are necessary for the growth of children. It comes in fruit-flavored chewable tablets that are made especially for kids. You can give it to children of age 2 and above. It specifically supports your child’s immune system, eyesight, bone health, and energy levels.
Vidaylin syrup made by Abbott Laboratories is a locally made syrup that ensures your kids get 8 basic vitamins such as vitamin A, C, D, B1, B2, B6, B12 and Nicotinamide. Their product is much cheaper in comparison to the other imported ones, but it provides your child with basic nutrients that he/she requires. It also has a sweet candy like flavor that the kids might appreciate more than other bitter tasting options. Kids and adults, all can use these alike. Vidaylin also comes in drops with a dropper specifically designed for the infants according to their needs.
Nutrifactor has designed Bio Grow syrup and gummies to help encounter your children’s nutritional needs. It contains 13 vitamins and minerals that are necessary for growing children. It contains vitamin A, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, Biotin, Zinc, Iodine, and others. Also, it improves mental and physical health of your children. Furthermore, it eliminates the problems such as decreased appetite and metabolism, weakness, and poor level of concentration. It improves cognitive functions in kids as well as making their muscles and bones strong.
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