Was wondering when you can start to give a child vitamins? Like the flinstone ones or is there anything better for kids?

Hope - posted on 09/15/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Was just wondering if anyone knows when you can start a child on vitamins? Like are the flinstone ones any good? or is there something much better for children out there?

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Annette - posted on 09/28/2010

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I would ask my pediatrician before giving a child any vitamins and if they need it

BLYTHE - posted on 09/18/2010

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Hi Ive started giving my youngest daughter a Vitamin & Mineral plus Iron supplement (it comes in a liquid form from the chemist in there age bracket) a couple of months ago and she is only 17 months as she has started daycare and keeps getting sick also is a picky eater, I also sprinkle Inner Health plus for kids on her weetbix every morning,

Hillary - posted on 09/23/2010

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I started my two boys on vitamins when they were 2 years old. I buy generic Flinstone's chewable vitamins. It says to only give 1/2 a vitamin until age 4. Sometimes my kids don't eat very well and they are very active and that is why I chose to give them vitamins. My pediatrician says that children don't need any vitamins. He said that even picky eaters will eat vegetables, for example, if they contain the vitamins the child needs at that time. All 3 of my children eat an awful lot of cheese, milk, and yogurt right now and they have grown a lot. But the two boys don't really eat vegetables.

Deborah - posted on 09/22/2010

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I used vitamin drops when my son was little, and then last year before he turned 3 we started giving him centrum chewable vitamins. The packaging says you can give them to kids as young as two but until they are age 4 they only get a half a tablet. Depending on which kind of vitamins you want, just read the back of the label to see what the age recommendations are, every brand is different.

Nicola - posted on 09/22/2010

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I started my child on vitamins when he stopped the formula and went completely onto whole cows milk. I use the healthy start vitamins

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Ashley - posted on 09/09/2011

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I started both my kids at 6 weeks with vitamins. They get a multivitamin everyday. With them being in daycare i feel they need them

Danielle - posted on 09/30/2010

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They say 3+ for the Flintstones one. I give my son a liquid poly vitamin. He gets a dropper full in his morning bottle every day just before he has his breakfast (I like to make sure I give him his breakfast right after because they tend to be hard on their tummies).

Tabitha - posted on 09/30/2010

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WIC told me that giving my 2 yr old vitamins are ok. and itwill get them to eat more.

Samara - posted on 09/30/2010

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I give all my kids vitamins, i use Usana Usanimals which are pharmaceutical brand, I start once my child turns 1. Have also started with natra life Ester C, for when the colds hit. Just be careful of some brands.

Renee - posted on 09/28/2010

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If you are feeding your child a balanced diet there is no need for vitamins. It doesn't matter how much vitamins anyone takes. Your body uses what it needs and flushes the rest out. There are a few vitamins and minerals that are toxic to your body if taken in excess because they can't be flushed out of you system so be careful!

Amanda - posted on 09/25/2010

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After I had my son, the pediatrician told me that vitamin drops weren't necessary with formula so I didn't use them. When my son turned two, they asked me to start giving him Flinstone's chewable vitamins just to make sure he is getting everything everyday since kids can be so picky and their eating habits change each day. She advised that the gummy ones aren't the best to give because they have more sugar in them which is unnecessary. I think that your child/children would get used to chewable vitamins rather than gummy vitamins anyway. I acted like they were something really special and so he loves to take his vitamins everyday.

Hope - posted on 09/16/2010

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Thank you everyone for your responses, I was just curious cause I thought even if you have them eating healthy and drinking milk and stuff, I thought maybe it would make her grow and develop much more healthy with vitamins and balance diet, Not sure if that makes any sense or not, but then again my daughter is growing like weed, so far no allergies to anything that I know of yet, she hasn't had any reactions to anything YET. And she's only had one minor cold. So we are doing great so far with her development. So maybe I don't have much to worry about.

Hope - posted on 09/16/2010

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@Susan Matusiak: My daughter is 31.5 months almost 32 months, basically 2 in a half and will be 3 in Feb 26th.

Candice - posted on 09/16/2010

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i agree that if your child eats a balanced diet (not necessarily at every meal, but overall) then vitamins may not be necessary. My daughter, however, has issues sometimes with getting enough milk (it happened when we switched to cups...trust me, i tried every trick in the book, including soy milk). I buy bugs bunny vitamins (made by OneADay brand) because they have calcium (the flintstones ones don't).

Myetta - posted on 09/16/2010

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I started my kids on the gummy vitamins at age 2, now if I am running late and forget, they'll kindly remind me...Mommy Vitamins please, even my 2 year old will stand there and say mommy bitamen =)

Susan - posted on 09/15/2010

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I should clarify my post that our pediatrician recommends flouride vitamins if the water doesn't have flouride. Otherwise, the child should be getting sufficient vitamins from their food.

Jenn - posted on 09/15/2010

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Toddlers don't really need any vitamins other that vitamin D until they're about 4. Most kids who are getting a balanced meal shouldn't need any other help while older kids don't always eat the right kind of foods. If your toddler is a fussy eater, there are things to help balance out their meals such as Enfagrow and Pediasure. These are perfect for toddlers.

Kristen - posted on 09/15/2010

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I started giving my kids the gummy flinstone ones at 2. They love them!

Jennifer - posted on 09/15/2010

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I started gving my daughter vitamins arround two, the gummy kind is her fav, she thinks its candy.

Erin - posted on 09/15/2010

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Flinstones does have a chewable vitamin for children 2-3 years of age. The doctor we has when our eldest was turning one told us that children don't really need vitamins as long as they are eating balanced meals. They should want to eat what their body is craving. So when my eldest turned 2, I started vitamins then because I just wanted all my bases covered.

Susan - posted on 09/15/2010

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Our pediatrician recommends starting vitamin drops at 6 months. I didn't know that and we probably started my daughter around 1.5 years. If your water has flouride added then you don't need the flouride vitamins and the over the counter ones from the drugstore should be fine. If you want flouride vitamins, you have to have a prescription which is what we do. They're pretty cheap though. I don't know how old your child is, but I believe many of the vitamins like Flinstones are for children over 2. A friend noticed that they make vitamins for children under 2 that are more expensive and you can really just break the regular ones in half and it's much cheaper so you might want to check that out.

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