I have always purchased multiple bottles of children's vitamins, for my home and for the homes of my grandchildren. I have always believed children's vitamins were completely necessary. When the grandkids spend the night, the first thing we do in the morning is take our daily vitamin. The kids are used to it, and will even remind me.
Some experts now say children who eat a well balanced diet do not need the vitamins. (Part of a well balanced diet would include green, leafy vegetables and steel cut oats or brown rice.) I wish it were easy to get children to eat these items, but it simply isn't. Kids are anything but food connoisseurs. They are finicky, picky little eaters who don't care if something isn't good for them. In fact, most kids associate food that is good for them as "yucky". If you slip something healthy onto their plates that they will eat, it is likely so 'processed' that the nutritional value has been depleted drastically.
Kids want fast food, pizza, and carbonated beverages. Carbonated beverages rob their growing bodies of important minerals and vitamins. Active children can also deplete their body's resources faster than healthy meals alone can replace. Children with asthma or other medical conditions also need vitamins.
An important ingredient in your child's daily diet is IRON. Kids need iron for healthy blood. Did you know most daily vitamins for children do not contain IRON? I have one grandson who has low iron levels, and I have to purchase a certain brand for him. Look for children's vitamins that say 'plus IRON' on the box. Be careful though, because you can give a child too much iron.
We all know Calcium is a biggie, as it helps build strong bones. A, the B vitamins, C, and D are all important. (However, the best source of vitamin D is sunlight so don't let those kiddos become little couch potatoes.)
Vitamins A, D, E, and K (as well as iron, as mentioned above) can be toxic in excess. Keep those delicious tasting candy-like vitamins out of reach of children!
Do you feel children should take a daily vitamin?
Are you a faithful advocate or doubting Thomas?