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#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 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 amabanana

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:

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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 Floki

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.




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