Children’s vitamins are a good option for parents who want to help ensure their children are receiving the necessary nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. Even parents who have children who eat well are supplementing their children’s diet with a vitamin.

Children’s vitamins are packaged in such a way that they are attractive to children. Most come in colorful and fun shapes. Many manufacturers of children’s vitamins are packaging their vitamins in lollipop, gum ball and gummy bear varieties. Because these vitamins resemble candy, it is important that you keep them away from a child’s reach and that you monitor their intake. If you find your child has taken extra vitamins, you should consult their pediatrician or your local poison control center.

Sometimes a pediatrician will prescribe vitamins for a child. If a child has a vitamin deficiency, does not have access to fluoridated water, has anemia or other illness or disease, vitamin supplements may help improve the condition. However, in general, many pediatricians believe that children do not need vitamin supplements if they consume a balanced diet. Consult with your child’s pediatrician before giving them vitamins.

Are vitamins supplements or replacements?

Vitamins are supplements and not replacements. Children’s vitamin supplements should never be looked upon as a replacement for healthy eating. Encourage your child to eat the foods they need, and do things to make nutrition fun and flavorful for them. For instance, letting children add grated cheese to their vegetables will make some children more interested in eating them. Also, children who help in the garden are enthusiastic about eating foods that they grow. Allowing a child to drink calcium fortified orange juice as opposed to milk works well for a child who does not like milk. Let your child participate in making a vegetable pizza, or let them pick out fruit at a market and place it in their own special area at home.