With constantly changing news and a growing mistrust in the companies that make pharmaceuticals for children, many parents are wondering if giving children vitamins is helpful or even necessary.
You can look at specific situations where your child may need a vitamin added to their daily routine. Here are some reasons why a child may need vitamins:
- Failure to Thrive
Failure to thrive is the medical phrasing for a child that is not growing as their doctor would expect them to grow. The biggest cause of this is from lack of nutrition in their food. Some children are picky eaters and that pickiness can affect the vitamins and nutrients they take in from food.
A child that is brought up on a restrictive diet, such as vegan or vegetarian diets, Being on a restrictive can limit the type of vitamins and minerals a person received on a daily basis. In this case, a daily vitamin may be recommended by your child’s doctor.
- Chronically Ill Children
Children that are chronically ill may benefit from vitamins because it can help their immune system, as well as compensate for deficiencies they may receive from either being too ill to eat regularly or someone with digestive issues. Before starting a vitamin regimen however, talk to your child’s doctor to make sure that the vitamins to not interact with any medicines your child may be on.
- Too Much Junk Food
Children, who eat too much fast food and junk food or drink too much soda, may require regular vitamins. Soda is notorious for taking nutrients out of a child’s body and may interfere with absorption of certain vitamins and minerals naturally obtained by food. Fast food and other junk food items, lack any real nutritional value, therefore children are not getting any valuable nutrients from this food.
- Active Children
Children who have a lot of daily activity may need a vitamin to help keep up with their physically demanding lifestyle. This can be important as a lot of activity can drain the body of valuable resources.
Do your children need vitamins? That is your choice to make. Listen to your child’s doctor and look up information yourself to make the right decision for your children.