I'm looking at getting some multivitamins for my DD's (aged almost 4 and almost 6) as DD2 has been getting a bit run down lately, (has been getting mouth ulcers and cracked lips), has a few behaviour issues and isn't sleeping well and DD1 doesnt really eat enough variety of fruit and veg and will only eat sausages or crumbed chicken for meat.
There are so many to choose from! I'm just after any recommendations of ones that have worked well for people or haven't.
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18-06-2012 10:59 #1
kids multivitamin recommendations please?
18-06-2012 13:59 #2
I currently use the Vita Gummies. 1 Multi Vitamin and 2 Fish Oil ones. I bought them on special.
DD1 loves them because they are like sugar coated lollies but I prefer her to have the Kids Smart Complete Multi with Fish Oil. Luckily she likes those too. That is just the one 'burstlet' and it seems to have a bit more on the whole.
I actually bought a tin of that Sustagen for kids 1-10yrs yesterday as that has EVERYTHING in it which is great but I gave it to DD1 as her milk drink before bed and she hates it waste of $33 there!
I also give her a teaspoon of Kids Inner Health Plus, to hopefully boost her immunity. I started that last week because since she started kindy this year she's picked up 4 viruses/colds and passed it all on to us. Feels like we've been sick all year
I am yet to find a good Multi that has iron and fish oil too. I will subscribe to this so I can see other peoples suggestions
18-06-2012 14:08 #3
It isn't vitamins that prevent kids getting sick, it's more to do with how alkaline or acid their bodies are. Foods that cause the body to be very acid (viruses love an acid environment), are meats, breads, pasta and that sort of thing. Fruits and vegetables make the body alkaline and more resistant to disease. If you want to know more about it, google "alkaline and acid forming foods" or something like that. They'll explain it heaps better than I can, and you can find lists of foods.
In short, I'd focus more on getting your kids eating healthy, alkaline-forming foods. This will be more effective than vitamins. I still think vitamins have their place, and I do give them to my kids to back up their diet from time to time.
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Good advice Hollywood thank you!
I give DD Herron vita minis for kids. They're a muilty vitamin and mineral suppliment. She loves them.
I also give her fish oil for her behaviour & concentration.
BUT fish oil is a fat soluble vitamin. Unlike vitamin C which is flushed out through urine & sweat, fat soluble vitamins are 'stored' in your body's fat cells. This means they can build up and can cause a toxicity if ingested faster then they are used.
This happened to DD when I was giving her adult fish oil tablets (1000mg) and in about a week she started to STINK like fish.
Doctor then told me to either get a lower does, or only give them to her every other day.
Have you spoken to your GP or better yet, a naturopath?
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18-06-2012 16:47 #5
Thanks for the replies ladies :-) (and the pm's)
I'm taking dd2 to the paediatrition next week so will be asking him then what he thinks. Unfortunately they won't eat a bigger range of fruit and vegetables, I struggle getting dd1 to eat vegetables at all and dd2 has been hardly eating anything for the last few weeks, hence the need for the extra vitamins.
I wouldn't worry so much normally but with dd2s behaviour and lack of sleep lately I'm getting a bit worried about her, plus she's a little girl anyway at only about 12kg so doesn't really have extra weight to keep her strong and healthy for when she doesn't eat properly for awhile.
18-06-2012 17:33 #6
18-06-2012 17:47 #7
You would be better taking them to a naturopath than paed. Check out the sugar content of store bought vitamins. Since dd has been seeing naturopath she has had no tantrums, diet has been changed and no illness. Diet is so important and there is so much rubbish in our foods, anyway, just my input it has changed our lives.
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18-06-2012 18:09 #8Senior Member
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MummaOJ - I totally agree about diet being important, we have made changes here too that are benefiting the whole family.
I was just wondering if you would mind sharing what the changes are that you made?
18-06-2012 18:34 #9
I've never been to see a naturopath (or taken the kids to one), but if things don't seem to improve after seeing the paed I'll consider it.
She just isnt her usual happy self and it makes me sad :-(
25-06-2012 16:59 #10
Could you try sneaking more veg in meals? I usually sneak in healthy nuts/seeds, lsa into stirfrys and grated zucchini/carrot can be added to cheesy pikelets/mini quiche/spag bol etc..
My DS is a fussy eater and when he has his fussy periods i just try to feed him his favourites and sneak in healthy veg or nuts/seeds.
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