wat vitamins do you think i should give my baby

TerriAnn - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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she gets the cold very often so i would like to know which vitamins will build her immune system

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Heidi - posted on 03/26/2010

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I started giving my DD (and her older 4 yr old sis) supplements last year to fight off illness now and to start prevention for diseases that run in our family. I did a bunch of research and decided to give her 1) a daily multivitamin 2) an Omega 3 supplement 3) a probiotic and 4) vitamin D3. All these have been proven to boost immune systems.

For multivitamin - I use Shaklee or Dr. Sears multivitamins. You can get Dr. Sears at Whole Foods but sometimes he has a buy one/get one free on his website so i stock up (unfortunately the multivitamin is on back order right now). You have to get Shaklee from a representation - you can find one at www.shaklee.com. Neither options have any artificial colors or sweeteners.

For Omega 3s, I do Dr. Sears Omega 3 fruit chews and tastes like a starburst. She begs for this and her Dr. Sears multivitamin in the mornings. Again, no artificial sweetners

For probiotic, I do one Culturelle tablet each day - I just mix it in their yogurt or in between the bread of their sandwiches. They never know its there. I also do organic yogurts because they are naturally high in probiotics.

For Vitamin D, I just picked up some Vit D3 drops at Whole Foods. Can't remember the brand but Vit D boosts the immune system and those of us in the midwest need extra since we don't get as much Vit D naturally through the sun.

You might also consider a Vit C supplement. I opted not to do this b/c I give my girls red peppers for lunch each day. Red peppers are the highest fruit/veg in Vit C (only second to orange peppers - both are higher in VitC than oranges) and nutrients are best absorbed in their natural form. Of course, I can't get my girls to eat (nor can I afford) omega 3 rich wild salmon, which is why supplements come in handy sometimes:)

For reference, have you read Dr. Sears Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood book? It's AWESOME and inspired the decisions our family makes around nutrition and health for the kids. Taught me WAY more than we ever learned with that silly four food group pyramid growing up.

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Katrina - posted on 03/29/2010

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I agree with Anjie. Juice Plus are the best thing out there. They are a little spendy compared to regular gummies. But they are well worth the extra.

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2010

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Scooby Doo Gummies. With the standard Flinstones vitamins, 2 year olds can only have half but they can have a whole gummy, the gummies taste better, and my daughter thinks they're fruit snacks (one of the few things she eats right now because of the "I don't wanna eat" phase). She's anemic and I'd rather give her a multi rather than get a percrip for iron supps.

Heidi - posted on 03/26/2010

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Oh - btw - I think the vitamins are working because my daughter hasn't had to take any antibiotics in her life and has only had a handful of minor colds (and she's in mothers day out one time/week plus sunday school at church with an older sister bringing home stuff too)

Candace - posted on 03/15/2010

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You should consult a doctor about giving a child supplements. I work in health care and I just wanted to add that to please be cautious with vitamins and keep them out of reach of children as many think they are candy and I have seen many children overdose on vitamins. Iron even in small amounts can be deadly for a child! It does not take much to do serious harm. As well it is normal for some children to have as many as 10 to 12 colds a year and increasing their fruits and veggies is healthier and safer! Good luck.

Mags - posted on 03/04/2010

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my sons 2 and i took him of the formula milk and the health nurse told me to use abedic , its a great source of vitamin D .

Anjie - posted on 03/03/2010

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have you heard of Juice Plus? It's not a vitamin, but a supplement. It's basically fruits and vegetables in a chewable tablet. I swear by them! I have two girls and they only get about three colds a year. And, when cold season comes around I get a chewable vitamin C from the health food store.

Krista - posted on 03/03/2010

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my 2year old was sick since 3 months old untill i put her on a mulitvitiam with extra iron it is a liquid form you can add to there drinks or food or have straight i also give her a product called inner health that helps with the stomach bugs she has been sick/cold free ever since.

Chelsea - posted on 02/14/2010

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hey i know of an awsome company that has the best vitamins. they are all natural and cost effective. for more info call me 918-577-8008 CST.
chelsea

Michelle - posted on 02/08/2010

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Abidec is probably both our best bet...my mum reccomended it to me the other day as it doesnt contain Iron and can be given daily. Vit C is essential for our immune systems and fresh fruit like apples and oranges, strawberries as well as kiwi can offer this. look here as I think it can be beneficial to know how much vit c children should have. between 1 nd 3 they only need 15mg a day, and 1 tomoto contains 23mg...
A meal such as brown rice, peas, chicken, sweet potato, and some fresh boiled/steamed veg would be a great sourse of all needed nurients for children and you can alternate between chicken and fish...

Michelle - posted on 02/08/2010

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my daughter also gets cold very often, i think I might have to start giving her a multi vit too. When she is ill I notmally give her a childrens tonic that contains A, B, C and D vits as well as Iron, but she went for a test last year and her iron levels were high for a child - nothing wrong with it, but she just has rich blood, so trying to find something that doesnt contain iron.

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