No vitamins?!?!

Charity - posted on 04/26/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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So my son just turned 1 on the 19th and he has been off of formula and on whole milk for almost 2 months. I asked his Dr. if he could write me a script for vitamins and he told me that now babies who go off of formula don't need vitamins and I thought it was really strage bc when I went through this with my first son (4 now) same Dr. he said they needed vitamins. Anyone heard of this and when did they change it?

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Teresa - posted on 04/27/2011

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Charity, if I were you, I'd change Drs. ....because everyone needs vitamins because of the way our food is grown these days; just not enough nutrition and full of insectisides and pestisides.....so we definately need antioxidants; ALL of us do, including and especially your son and any other child!

Kari - posted on 04/27/2011

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My daughter is almost 13 months and eats vegetables really well, and most other foods, but she doesn't like meat, so her doctor said I should give her iron vitamins in a liquid form.

Charity - posted on 04/27/2011

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Thanks everyone! I am taking him to the Dr. today for his 12 month checkup and I will ask him again. My son is a VERY picky eater and thats why I asked. The reason I said script is because my children and I belong to a native american tribe and we get to go to this clinic for free. I knew they have OTC vitamins but the clinic also provides most medicine that my kids and I have ever needed including vitamins for freealong with free healthcare.

Amber - posted on 04/26/2011

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Vitamins are usually recommended based on a child's dietary need and other risk factors.
If the child receives a well balanced diet regularly, then they might not need it. Children who have diet restrictions, allergies, or chronic disease could be recommended to have it.

It was recommended to us that our son (and I) take them because his dad works in the ER and brings home a ton of germs. So, it seems that exposure would be a factor as well.


I've never heard of doctors prescribing vitamins though. Only advising on parents giving OTC vitamins.
If your doctor doesn't feel your child needs them, then you should ask why. Maybe your first child had risk factors that your second child doesn't. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Chrissy - posted on 04/26/2011

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i had to use kids pentivite for my daughter which is a vitamin supllement for kids you can buy it at a chemist im in australia so im not sure if you can get it over there but they would have something very similar and if they need it give it to them i got recommended by a doctor for the product and how i should use it so i do recomend seeking some sort of advice from another doctor or something as if they have too much vitamins it can be harmful for them, some kids need it some dont
hope this helps :)

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I've never heard of a doctor prescribing vitamins, or even recommending a toddler take them. But then, it could be a regional thing. I'm in Australia and we get plenty of sun (so no need for vit D) and have a variety of fresh fruits and veggies.

Also, we have a stage 3 formula called "toddler's milk" that most formula feeding mothers give their kids at that age. But I would imagine that as long as your son has a varied diet, he wouldn't need supplements.

Michelle - posted on 04/26/2011

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My kids are on over the counter vitamins. They are 3, 2, and 5 months. You can get them at just about any store. Mine used polyvisol and I'm switching the other two to gummy vitamins soon.

Medic - posted on 04/26/2011

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The dr told me to put both of my kids on OTC vitamins. My 4 year old gets an organic chewable and my 15 month old has a liquid. Both can be gotten at a health food store.

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