Hello Portland! Welcome to today’s Portland children’s nutrition post. I am Karin Peterson, and I promote children’s health in Portland and the 89123 zip code area.
Today’s post discusses children’s vitamins. Many Portland parents give their kids a chewable or liquid multivitamin. We all know that it is essential for Portland kids to get sufficient amounts of vitamins and minerals and we often give them a pill to fill in nutritional gaps, just in case. Are multivitamins necessary for Portland kids?
I have found that Portland pediatricians have varying opinions about this issue. Some Henderson children’s doctors recommend parents give their children vitamins in pill form or at least don’t discourage it.
More importantly, Portland pediatricians urge parents to feed their children a variety of nutritious foods, presumably because vitamins and minerals in foods are better absorbed.
The Mayo Clinic website offers the following advice for Portland parents who give their children a multivitamin:1
Make sure the multivitamin is designed for your child’s age group.
Choose one that provides 100 percent of the daily value (DV) for all vitamins and minerals.
Store multivitamins out of your child’s reach and make it clear that they are not candy.
Don’t use multivitamins as a replacement for proper nutrition.1
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1Jay L. Hoecker, M.D., ‘Should I Give Multivitamins to My Preschooler Who’s A Picky Eater?,’ The Mayo Clinic, August 3, 2010, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/multivitamins/AN01406, accessed on December 8, 2011
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