Jump to content

Multivitamins for kids
No harm in trying ??


  • Please log in to reply
32 replies to this topic

#1 ELH05

Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

My DS is nearly 3 and baby #2 is on the way.  DS is a very boisterous little boy, a little chatterbox, is by no means hyperactive but to some probably could be classed in that boat - (he has his moments when he runs around like a goose and I really have to say settle down stop being so silly) but on the other hand he can sit down and be as good as gold when he wants to.  But I definitely think his concentration and behaviours could be improved after a few days I have had with him lately where I have had to say things over and over to him etc etc.... So today I thought to myself right I'm going to see about some multivitamins. I went to the health food shop and the guy said he gets a lot of mums wanting the same for their children so recommended me - Efalex Liquid fish oil supplement and MicroGenics Everday Please multivitamin.

I sort of am second guessing myself now and wonder if they could do more harm than good ?

#2 HIH.GD.Isolabella

Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

So your child is eating a balanced varied diet and has had no Dr recommendation due to deficiencies?

No I would not bother giving vitamins.

I give vitamins to my DS1 who is 7 and who has not eaten meat, veggies or fruit since 15-18m of age. We get annual blood tests to check his levels of various items and take vitamins recommended by the Dr for those deficiencies.



#3 ~Supernova~

Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:45 PM

I find fish oil very helpful for my airy fairy, can't concentrate DD, but with a balanced diet I wouldn't be bothering with a multi vit,

#4 opethmum

Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

Over rated, you should only give vitamins to those who genuinely need the vitamin support to raise deficiencies and under supervision of your child's paed/gp etc.
Don't just give it willy nilly it has the potential to harm.



#5 tibs

Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

I give the gummy bear multi and omega vitamins to my fussy eating 5 year old - he is too fussy for the non gummy bear ones.  I don't see any harm can come from giving them a try?

#6 Water Dragon

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:01 PM

I've started my 2yo.DD on the gummy ones too as she doesn't eat vegetables. She's on the one that has vege extracts in it laughing2.gif

#7 Lagom

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:05 PM

I do notice a difference with DD1 on and not on fish oil supplements.   A couple of times I've run out and not bought any more and it takes about 7-14 days before I'm wondering why DD has gone nuts.  Then I realise we've stopped taking fish oil, buy more and things get back to 'normal.'  I guess it is possibly a placebo effect but so long as it works I don't care.  happy.gif

#8 ELH05

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:10 PM

I wouldn't say his diet is great by any means so I suppose in that respect the multi could help him by the sounds of it.

#9 oliboli

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

I give my DS and DD Herron vita-minis omega smart, they both love them and ask for them every day after brekky!

#10 oliboli

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

I give my DS and DD Herron vita-minis omega smart, they both love them and ask for them every day after brekky!

#11 oliboli

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

I give my DS and DD Herron vita-minis omega smart, they both love them and ask for them every day after brekky!

#12 oliboli

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

I give my DS and DD Herron vita-minis omega smart, they both love them and ask for them every day after brekky!

#13 oliboli

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:11 PM

I give my DS and DD Herron vita-minis omega smart, they both love them and ask for them every day after brekky!

#14 Lucygoosey1

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:16 PM

I'd only give multivitamins if you have a fussy eater.

#15 Emby

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:21 PM

Well, for some vitamins, yes you can take too much:

Link

A multivitamin is a pretty blunt stick, I'd be wary about giving them out to kids "just cause".

With the gummy-vitamins, you also have to be extra careful you never leave the lid improperly screwed on, giving your kids the opportunity to help themselves to a dozen "lollies" all at once. I'm sure everyone here is careful, but it's just one more potential hazard in my life I'd rather avoid unless it's really necessary

#16 FeralZombieMum

Posted 08 February 2013 - 06:25 PM

Multivitamins for kids tend to have colours and flavours added to them - which can make a child's behaviour much worse!

#17 tibs

Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:03 PM

QUOTE (Emby @ 08/02/2013, 07:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
With the gummy-vitamins, you also have to be extra careful you never leave the lid improperly screwed on, giving your kids the opportunity to help themselves to a dozen "lollies" all at once. I'm sure everyone here is careful, but it's just one more potential hazard in my life I'd rather avoid unless it's really necessary


Yes this is true!  They have those kidproof lids on them but you have to push it down when putting the lid on.  I also store them on the top shelf of the pantry out of sight original.gif

#18 Spa Gonk

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:15 PM

I give the kids fish oil tablets and I have noticed a difference in behaviour.  I too don't care if it is placebo affect.  We don't eat a lot of fish, so they would not get much from their diet.

#19 Fenrir

Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:27 AM

For the behaviours you're describing I would certainly give fish oil a try but if he's eating well then there is no need for a multi.


#20 ManyHats

Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:33 AM

I give my DS 'Swisse Children's Multi Vitamins' because he is not a big veggie eater and also a fussy eater.

Edited by ManyHats, 09 February 2013 - 08:35 AM.


#21 Soontobegran

Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:36 AM

I tend to think that only children whom are deficient due to an inadequate diet should be given extra or all you do is create expensive pee. original.gif



#22 Tall Poppy

Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

My DD takes vitamin D & calcium. She sees a Paed regularly and is deficient in these things (has blood tests to check) I wouldn't give to my child without a Paed seeing my child.

Efalex has been suggested to us for DD but, we've not commenced for a few reasons. I ave heard it can work very well though.

#23 Cranky Kitten

Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:00 PM

I'm in the camp of believing vitamins are good for addressing specific deficiencies, otherwise it's just expensive wee as well. A balanced, varied diet does more to keep them healthy imo.

#24 seayork2002

Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

To ME it is the lazy way out no I would not give them to my son, I just give him a varied well balanced diet and am my stubbornness, he eats what he is given or there is no other option.

#25 noonehere

Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:36 PM

We give fish oil and iron to our two year old. Shes doesnt eat meat and ownly green she eats is apple.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Trying to understand why your baby is upset

Working out what?s underlying your baby's fussiness can be a case of trial and error. Here are a few common causes and how you can remedy each one.

When those you love judge your parenting

In today's society, never has it been harder to parent without judgment. But what about when judgment is coming from closer to home?

Don't play the victim blame game with family violence

It's not a woman's job to teach violent men how to behave.

11 truths about having two under two

When I told my mothers? group that my husband and I had started trying for our second baby they told me I was crazy. Now I can see why.

'How do you say goodbye to someone you've only just started to get to know?'

New mum Sarah Sutton was faced with a shattering scenario no person should have to endure.

It's a ... boy! Couple welcomes son number 13

"It's a boy!" That's the phrase Kateri Schwandt has heard in labour delivery ward for the 13th time in her life.

Six reasons to go for a walk

Can't find time to get to the gym? It could be just as beneficial to put your baby in the stroller and go for a walk.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

Toddler styling

Seven things my toddler taught me about my home

My standards at home were never that high but having a two-year-old has taught me to be cool with chaos.

Australia's top baby names of 2014

The numbers have been crunched and it's official: Australian parents are having a bit of an 'O' moment.

How to set up the perfect nursery for your baby

You'll soon be meeting your baby, but you've got one big task to get done first: setting up a comfy, calming nursery you'll both be able to enjoy.

Childcare rebate: tougher rules for stay-at-home mums

A new form of activity testing will be introduced to ensure the highest subsidies go to parents who contribute the most to the workforce.

The women who desperately need more support in pregnancy

For women suffering from chronic morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, pregnancy can be the roller coaster from hell.

When labour doesn't happen and you're induced

I never actually went into labour - so by 42 weeks I was booked in for induction.

Mum's grief for triplets inspires change

The death of Sophie Smith's triplet baby boys has motivated the half-marathon mother and her team to raise $1.25 million for charity.

The best advice for treating head lice

Just like a horror movie ... THEY'RE BAAAAAACK. So what works in treating and avoiding head lice and nits?

Overdue and over it

A watched womb never labours ... or at least mine didn't.

Parenting an early walker

Watching your child take their first wobbly steps is one of the best parenting highs you'll ever experience. But with that high comes a new reality.

Baby-led weaning worked for us

My baby wasn't interested in food - until we tried something new. Now she's eating it all, and it often comes from my plate.

'Paralysed bride' becomes a mum

Rachelle Friedman Chapman was preparing to marry the man of her dreams when tragedy struck four years ago.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.