Does Your Child Need a Multivitamin?

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You can start your child on an adult multivitamin if they are at least 11 years of age. This is a good option for those kids tired of chewing the "chalky" children's vitamins and who can handle swallowing pills. In terms of dispensing vitamins and supplements to children as opposed to adults, there are a few more things to keep in mind:

Dosages will be different;

Vitamins can interact with prescription medications; and

They are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

The same way that you would call your doctor if you decided to undertake a new dietary regimen, you need to do the same thing when incorporating a vitamin and mineral program with your children. In sum, you know how your child eats and can determine whether or not they seem to be deficient in one or more food group. Act wisely and always consult your doctor first.