Does anyone else give vitamins to their kids?

Jamie - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Someone told me that i should start vitamins with Rebecca at 16 months. Is that 2 young?

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Christy - posted on 01/13/2010

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I started giving both my children liquid vitamins when they went off their formula as suggested by their doctor. They were both around 12 months old.

Dawn - posted on 01/12/2010

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Our DR actually prescribed a mulit-vitamin/fluoride blend drops. Since they are not getting that from the formula, they need it from somewhere. It's just once a day

Robyn - posted on 01/10/2010

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I would ask your child's doctor since there are some vitamins or suppliments that too much of is not a good thing. Our youngest takes Iron but only because he is anemic. Our oldest didn't take vitamins until after he was school age and only then because the doctor advised it as he has a tendency to be underweight and is not a very good eater.

Persia - posted on 01/10/2010

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I give my son calcium as he's not too keen on milk. I was told to do this by my health visitor so i'm sure it's not too young their over a year now =] x.

Jessica - posted on 01/10/2010

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I was giving my child the poly vi sol drops until recently. I started seeing another doctor, and that doctor said the poly vi sol drop are made of synthetic materials and hardly any of the vitamins actually absorb into the body. We ended up switching to a naturally derived vitamin and it makes a world of a difference. Even my husband and I switched and my energy levels are amazing! It is never to early to start vitamins. =)

Dani Jo - posted on 01/10/2010

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i was giving my daughter the vitamins in the liquid form and then asked my doctor since she wasnt eating as much or what she should be eating in a day and he said i could start giving her flinstone vitamins and just cut them in half.... i use my first flinstone vitamins...

Theresa - posted on 01/09/2010

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The only vitamin that is very hard to get is D in the winter, since you get it from the sun. I gave my daughter the Poly Vi Sol drops until she was a year and went onto whole milk. Whole milk is vit D fortified so as long as your child's getting a balanced diet and drinking whole milk she should be fine. I do give my teen age sin vitamin supps though since he is growing so fast. The doc suggested it for the calcium and it has helped with his growing pains.

Adrian - posted on 01/08/2010

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Our pediatrician gave Malikai liquid vitamins at about 3 months old, by the time we ran out our prescription had expired. So now I give him over the counter vitamins because he is a very picky eater. If your daughter eats a balanced diet with the proper amount of the food groups there is no need for supplemental vitamins. If she is a picky eater like my son, it will help.

Sam - posted on 01/07/2010

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My health visitor advised that vitamins should be given from 6months (breastfed babies) to the age of 5. However I decided not to follow the advice at present. Jess is a really healthy little girl who eats a very balanced and varied diet so I feel that she is getting all she needs. If she didn't eat as well or was prone to illness then I would probably reconsider.

Laurel - posted on 01/07/2010

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I only give my son a
NON-FISH DHA SOLUTION FOR TODDLERS 1–3 YEARS OF AGE
Naturally found in the brain and eyes, clinical research shows that DHA supports a child’s brain and vision development.* One serving of this unique non-fish DHA formula provides 125mg of this vital nutrient, while avoiding the risk of ocean-borne contaminants sometimes found in fish oils. Neutral tasting liquid formula may be easily blended into food or drinks—your kids will never know it is there!

INGREDIENTS
Cold pressed unrefined organic flaxseed oil, DHA algal oil, natural flavor, soy lecithin, vitamin E mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract and ascorbyl palmitate (to protect freshness).

Plus, I am still breast feeding at 15 months..

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2010

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I use the brand Liquid Health Childrens Muti, you can find it at your health food store. It is a liquid vitamin that has the fatty essential acids, fluoride, iron and a lot of whole food nutrients. I add 1/2 shot to her morning milk and a tbsp of flax seed oil, and probotic for absorption. Since my little one is lacking in the veggie department, I found a chocolate powder and they also a berry flavor that I add to her milk. it is called super food for those interested.

LaRae - posted on 01/07/2010

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I gave my daughter Ply vi Sol drops until she was two and then switched her to gummy vites, my son I gave Poly Vi Sol drops until he was about 14m and then switched to gummy vites because he hated the drops and always tried to get his sisters gummy vites so I figured if he can chew them they are cheaper! I only give him one gummy vite though because the instructions say to give a 2 year old 2 a day.

Sunrise - posted on 01/07/2010

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My pedi wanted me to give my LO the Poly Vi Sol when she was quite young (maybe a few months) because I exclusively breastfeed and there are some researchers that claim breast milk doesn't contain enough Vitamin D because in our region the sun in lacking for a good portion of the year. Poly Vi Sol is a daily vitamin drop. I however don’t believe this to be true. You cannot tell me that after hundreds of year of moms doing the most natural thing on earth all the sudden it’s not good enough. The claim is the lack of Vit D in breast milk causes Ricketts(sp?). In European countries breastfeeding is the norm and they don’t see as many cases as we do here in the US (where bottle feeding is more commonly accepted as the norm) so there is a huge lack of evidence to that IMO. We do give our LO the drop about 1x per week but only because she is nursing less and my husband works for the company that manufactures it so the cost is almost nonexistent.

Sara - posted on 01/07/2010

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Poly Vi Sol is what I use to since she was little. There are 2 kinds with extra iron and w/o.

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2010

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Our pediatrician insists that we give our son Vitamin D (400 IUs) every day. Recent research suggests that adults take Vit D as well because of the link between it and reduced cancer and MS rates. I just discovered that the Poly Vi Sol contains the same amount of Vit D as the Vit D drops and so we started giving it to him instead. We thought the extra vitamins wouldn't hurt especially since he won't eat many veggies and we find it difficult/boring to always cook broccoli (which he likes).

Tassia - posted on 01/04/2010

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That is a question that your childs doctor should answer. My daughter takes the Poly vi sol with iron because we found out she is anemic after her 1 year blood work her doctor told me to give it to her every day. She also took it from birth until 7 months because she only got brest milk and her doctor said she needed vitamin D that is lacking in brest milk.

Lindsay - posted on 01/04/2010

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I started my daughter on the poly vi sol drops when she turned 1 and started drinking whole milk. I figure its better to be safe than sorry. She eats well but I feel better knowing she gets that extra boost.

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I give my children vitamins in the form of a balanced and varied diet. If you get that right there's no need for supplements. My little one eats very well but my 8 year old is a pain in the proverbial. However, she still eats enough meat, dairy, cereal, fruit and veg to cover all her dietary needs. All this buying extra vitamins is just an excuse to con money out of worried parents.

Leslie - posted on 01/04/2010

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I still give Katelyn the Poly Vi Sol drops. The doctor said after a year I didn't need to continue them, but I figure they are helping make sure she meets what she needs

Jessica - posted on 01/03/2010

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I give my son prescription vitamin/fluoride drops. It's vitamins A,E, & D...use it mostly for the D vit & the fluoride. He's been taking them since about 7 months.

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