Are you giving your toddler vitamins?

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )

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I haven't been giving my 20 month old vitamins but my friend gives her toddler vitamins. They are only a couple months apart. My dr asks if I've given her vitamins but when I say "no", she doesn't say whether or not I should be. Are any of you giving your toddler vitamins?

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Samantha - posted on 02/28/2010

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My son is 21months and we give him 1 little critters gummy vitamins...he loves them and we see no harm in them. It's a little exta to his diet which on some days is very bland in variety.

Lena - posted on 02/28/2010

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Hi Jennifer,
I have been giving my son vitamins since he has been able to chew, at about 19 months.
We don't give him over-the-counter vitamins because of research we've done however.
He is on Melaleuca children's vitamins, which his doctor could not believe how many minerals and vitamins it contained and the percentages. His doctor gave us his 'approval' and started referring these to other patients.
Kaden (our son) is now experiencing his FIRST COLD ever. This is the 1st time he's been sick. (He'll be 22 months this month)
Hope this helps! :)

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2010

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never would unless doctor recomended it. i feed my kids fresh fruit and vegies, cerial for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch. i avoid pre-packaged meals as much as possible, make my own biscuits, mueslie bars ect to avoid the additives. if my child wont eat, i don't make a fuss over it, i make a fuss over the child that is eating, the one that wont eat soon starts eating again because they want the praise and attention the other one is getting. both my children are inteligent, hardley ever get sick, when they do they get over it quickly. i am not a health nut, my kids do get junk food, but follow a sensible diet, lots of good, less of bad, but a little bit of everything and you should be fine. works out well for me, i never diet, recovered pre-birth body after less than a month with no exersise, never have weight issues that the rest of the females in my family suffer with. i am not a naturally skinny person with a high metabolism, i have just eaten sensibly since my late teens and my children have benifited from it

Nicola - posted on 03/01/2010

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I don't give my son any vitamins. He is such a gannet there is no way he would need them! Loves meat, veges, fruit, dairy. In to it all, so with a balanced diet I don't think it is necessary. He is 2 in May

Nycole - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter is going to be 22 months here in a couple of days and she is getting the centrums kids multi-vitamin and a vitamin c gummy because she can't have fruit. These were on the reccomendation of her Pediatric gastro interologist that she goes too....

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Amanda - posted on 03/02/2010

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i just started giving my daughter vitamins she gets sick alot so i was hopen this would help keep her healthy so far so good but its also only been 2 weeks

Sonia - posted on 03/01/2010

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I have four kids. I never gave my first three vitamins. I wish I had. Especially the Vitamin D drops. I think it would have been better for their teeth. We live in a northern climate and they probably don't get enough sunlight to get enough Vitamin D. With my fourth child I decided to start polyvitamins. I'm not sure how much her body actually absorbes but I'm sure it's better than nothing, and if it's too much vitamins her body will just let it go into her waste anyway. Maybe this summer when we're outside and our skin is more available for the sun, we'll discontinue. Hope that helps! :)

Frances Peaches - posted on 03/01/2010

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I have always given my Dylan a vitamin. At birth the Dr. suggested a polydrop daily because mothers milk is deficient in vitamin A. He used those until just last month when we switched him to Emerg-C. It is recommended for children 2 -12 because it has soy in it but we chose to start him a little early. I think vitamins are essential he is extremly healthy has only had a fever twice in his life. We do eat really healthy and I insist on a balanced diet for the entire family but any extra will always help.

Larisa - posted on 03/01/2010

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well it depends on her diet. If she has no problem eating what you put in front of her then I wouldn't. If she 'ate like a bird" then yes I would.

Cecily - posted on 02/28/2010

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from birth till about 18mths i gave my son the infant liquid vitamins daily...and he constantly stayed sick with a cold this entire time. I finally switch him to flintstone gummy vitamins which extra vitamin c (they say only use if your child is 2 or older but my son is the size of a 2 yr old so i use them). Since then (the past 4 mths) he hasnt gotten a cold or anything. So i would recommend flintstone gummies to anyone.

Mary - posted on 02/28/2010

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I give my 20 month old the "Poly-vi-sol" liquid vitamin her juice every morning. It has iron in it, which alot of toddlers need depending on their meat/beans intake.

Dee - posted on 02/28/2010

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i give my 22 month old floradix the children's formula. she's been getting it since she was 14 months old, and i swear she has never been sick (i also don't vaccinate so maybe that is why she is so healthy) you can find it at your local health food store, and it's made in germany. be careful which ones you buy because some vitamins or some of their ingredients are made in china... and we all know about foods/food products made in china!

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I give my son the Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol + Iron vitamins... Its a liquid and I put it in everything and he never notices... Oatmeal, juice, milk, you name it. I only started giving them to him because the Dr. said his iron was low repeatedly and he's become more picky about his eating.

Cathy - posted on 02/27/2010

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my son is 21 months old and some days he eats good some days he doesnt . So I have started giving him the flintstone gummie vitamins occasionally and bought him some chocolate pediasure just to give him as a treat if need be.

Michelle - posted on 02/27/2010

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I think it depends on each child's diet as to whether they NEED it or not, but I dont think it can really hurt anything at this age. My youngest takes hers when her big sister and brother do. It was causing more problems not giving her, she thinks its a treat!

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I have an absorption of iron problem that my little one inherited- so yes I give him a multi to cover my basis and make sure that he gets his iron.

Karen - posted on 02/26/2010

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I have been giving my 20mth old a supplement toddler milk since he was about 1, they are full of vitamins, minerals and have omega 3's etc etc. It's hard at this age cause they don't always eat everything they need to on a daily basis so a little help of any kind couldn't hurt.

Nancy - posted on 02/26/2010

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i give my son the gummy vitamins he loves them i have been giving it to him since he was 17 months and his pedi said thats fine! i only give him 2 and 2 of the immunity support ones too!

Angie - posted on 02/26/2010

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My son is 21 months and I've been giving him vitamins with iron (upon dr. recommendation since his iron was low) since he was 15 months old. We moved and switched doctors and they pricked his finger for the first time. The found out he was low on iron. Just ask your dr. to check her hemaglobin and see if you need to or not.

TANIS - posted on 02/25/2010

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Ask your MD about vitamins. They were recommended by ours for my son. If you MD says they aren't necessary don't give them. but if they are. then do.

Cindy - posted on 02/25/2010

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im am mine baby girl started taking them at 10mths gummie ones an she seems fine ..an she reminds me every morning in aug 23 she'll be 2

Anupriya - posted on 02/25/2010

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nope! my doc says a child does not need anything before he is 2.5 yrs old. but i feel it is best to giv ur child supplements because they hardly eat daily requirement of fruits/veggies and milk!

Jessica - posted on 02/21/2010

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I give my son a chewable mulitvitamin, i use the "my first Flintstone" they are about half the size of a normal flitnstone vitamin and a bit softer and easier to chew. I do not give him the gummy ones, I'm afraid that he will confuse them for candy and seeing how he is now into everything i don't want to take the chance that he will get into them and eat them all cos they are candy.. just my opinion. hope this is helpful :)

Burnise - posted on 02/20/2010

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Yes. I have a Baby Vegan and i can't get to her much. I really don't know how she weighs 29lbs. I give her a Gummi multivitamin in the am. I also giver her a vitamin C at night. Really not by choice. She sees her brother eating one and she wanted one. We thought she would have spit it out. Nope she chewed it and asked for more. Go figure, girls. However, I do observed that her she has not been sick with ear infection or colds.

Jenn - posted on 02/16/2010

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Hi Jennifer,
I can understand your confusion with whether or not to give a multi to a yonger child. I give both my 3yr old and my 20 month old Koala pals vitamins. They both love them and even though neither of my children are picky eaters I think it's important to make sure they are getting all the nutients they need that even excellent eating can't always provide.
I also have to mention that when I switch my son (3 yrs) over from the Flinstons I noticed a huge change in his attitude with less meltdowns or temper tantrums. I think that the sugar content is a lot lower and they are more effective.
Here are some more details about the vitamins or feel free to contact me to ask me anything jennbain@telus.net :) http://businesscenter.melaleuca.com/ps/p...

Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2010

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Yes, I give my little guy one of the gummie vits. He loves them and I call them vitamins so he won't get confused and think it is candy. I firmly believe that even if you are feeding your child a well balanced diet and he/she is eating every bit of it there is no way you can make up for what our mass produced food is lacking without supplimenting with a good multi vit.

Shaye - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter (21 mo) takes liquid vitamins primarily because she is lactose intolerant and thus, doesn't have milk. I make smoothies for her with rice milk (which is enriched) but she doesn't get as much of it as she would milk.

Caroline - posted on 02/08/2010

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my son is 20 months old and i started him on vitamins yesterday and thats mainly because he is not eating his meals properly. Its become a daily battle to get him to eat anything!!

Megan - posted on 02/08/2010

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I give my 21mnth old son a liquid vitamin everyday as he is in creche and whenever another child is sick then he gets sick so the vitamin helps with his immune system and now a little cold is not half as bad as it used to be.

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i give my almost 2 and my almost 3 yr olds both vitamins. the doctor said as long as they can chew them they are ok for them. it's better to make sure they DO have all the vitamins they need. I just give them flinstone gummies and they think they are candy. so we eat a piece of candy once a day.

Brandi - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son's dr. suggested a daily vitamin, but that is only because he is so picky!

Tracy - posted on 02/04/2010

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this is what im confused about aswell. my twins are 2 in may and they are lactose intolerent, i make sure they have lots of fruit and fresh veg in their diet but they are losing somethings they need, we have a dieticians apt in a week and alergy clinic again in may. but no one is saying we should or shouldnt be giving them vitamins.

Neshamah - posted on 01/30/2010

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I give my 21 month old a gummy vitamin. The dosage is 2 per day for ages 2 and up so I only give him one. It's a personal choice to do vitamins but they can't hurt.

Rachel - posted on 01/29/2010

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No i on't give my little girl anything like that, she eats all sorts of food which is well balanced out soi see it as though she is getting everything she needs.

Shanna - posted on 01/28/2010

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I started giving my son vitamins when I weaned him at 16 months. I started by giving him the liquid viatmin in some orange juice but now we give him a Flinstone when we remember. Alrhough, I don't feel like it's very important because he is a very good eater.

Christine - posted on 01/28/2010

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I give my 20 mo old Juice Plus. It is his total fruits and veggies in one serving for the day and anything on top of that is good. He loves them.

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2010

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my son gets one every morning! if i forget he will remind me ( he is 21 months). i started giving them to him when i put him in real daycare( he was about 15 months) just becasue i figure the extra boost would help with keeping him from getting any illness.( so far so good) his dr said that was actually a good idea. check with your dr first but i see no harm in it!

Renee - posted on 01/27/2010

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I give my son 1/2 of a "Flinstone" vitamin only when he goes through his spurts where he doesn't want to eat anything. Otherwise he eats a wide verity of foods, and healthy foods. He will turn down a cookie for some grapes.

Karissa - posted on 01/17/2010

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Id check with your dr first but i dont think it would hurt. I'm asking our dr at my sons next appointment, the kids vitamins i checked out say their for ages 2 and up, so rather safe then sorry i'm asking our dr first.

Tanya - posted on 01/17/2010

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My son (who is 20 months) is a picky eater, so we give him the polyvitamins (A,B,C,D).

Leighann - posted on 01/17/2010

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I give my daughter Katie 18 months liquid vitamins she eats really well and that's fruit and veg but i have been told since she was born that she is under weight,she seem's to catch everybodies colds etc so i thought a dose of vitamins for the colder month's would be of benefit for her.She has still caught the odd cold etc but seems to fight them off quicker.

Julie - posted on 01/16/2010

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I give my daughter a 1/2 of a chewable vitamin. She doesnt eat as well as she probly should. so we suppliment. my dr said no harm would be done. We tried the gummie ones but she spits out anything gummie.

Lacey - posted on 01/12/2010

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i have to give my lil girl (20 months) vitamins, only bc she barely eats. i put a tri liquid vitamin in her juice for the day, and a chewable multi at supper time. i dont see the harm in it, especially if they are picky eaters!

Sarah - posted on 01/12/2010

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My doctor recommends a daily vitamin. I can't remember which vitamin deficiency he said (D I think) is the most common, but like I said, the suggested a kids daily vitamin. I give Scarlett the Flinstone Gummy Vitamin, when I remember... Now that I am pregnant and taking prenatals, we are a little better at it, but before, I didn't take a daily vitamin either, so we weren't very good at it...

Jayne - posted on 01/12/2010

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No and I wouldn't, my son eats a varied and good diet so should be getting all the vitamins he needs. Provided your daughter eats a good varied diet she is getting all the vitamins she needs!

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