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Do Children Ages 4+ Need a Multivitamin?

Do Children Ages 4+ Need a Multivitamin?

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

Do you think that your child needs extra nutritional support?

Did you know:

  • The toddler stage, which includes ages 3-5, is known as a time when nutritional deficiencies develop. Children at this age form strong opinions about what they will and wont eat, and often have a limited range of foods they will consume.
  • The significant increase in food allergies and intolerances over the last decade can limit diets and cause deficiencies, suggesting a multivitamin is important for this group, as well.
  • Tweens and teens are also know for their limited and nutrient-lacking diets, and according to the Natural Institutes of Health, fewer than 1 in 10 girls and 1 in 4 boys get adequate calcium.
  • Studies also show that magnesium intake tends to decrease as children age, with 89% of teenage girls and 62% of teenage boys failing to get their daily requirement.
 
Key Nutrients
 
Vitamin C is important for immune function, and it provides antioxidant protection. The body does not manufacture its own supply, so it must be obtained through diet. Constantly moving, active little bodies will use it up daily.
 
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from free radical damage, and it is important for a healthy immune system.
 
Vitamin A helps maintain bone, tissue, and immune health, and promotes good vision.
 
Vitamin D plays a role in supporting calcium uptake, and is partly responsible for the making and maintaining of bones and teeth. Ensuring adequate vitamin D intake is important for overall health and for a healthy immune system.
 
B Vitamins get used up quickly by active kids and should be replenished daily to ensure balanced energy, mood, and muscle, nerve and immune function.
 
Calcium is extremely important for a growing body, which uses this essential nutrient to build strong bones and aid muscle function. Certain food allergies or intolerances may limit calcium-rich food consumption, so additional supplementation may be necessary.
 
Magnesium works with calcium and phosphorus to build bones and teeth. Foods rich in magnesium are often absent in today’s modern diet, and this mineral is responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions needed to maintain health.
 
Zinc supports the body’s defense systems, and promotes immunity, wound healing, normal growth, and development. Zinc deficiency can lead to impaired cognitive function and behavioural problems.
 
Selenium plays a major support role in the production of a potent antioxidant, protects cells against free radicals, and boost immune function.  
 
Iron is necessary for red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. Low iron can be a cause of decreased attention span, reduced alertness, and learning difficulties in children of all ages.
 
Iodine is an essential mineral for proper thyroid function. Iodine has a major role in thyroid hormone activities, including regulating metabolism, mental development, and nerve and muscle function. Even mild iodine deficiency can affect mental performance and prevent children from reaching their full intellectual potential.
 
Sourced from Natural Meds February & March 2014 Newsletter.
 
Footnote from Ideal Health:
 

The following products are all beneficial for children:

Childrens DHA Liquid Strawberry
Children's Oxylent Daily Multivitamin
Eczema Shield
De-Stuff
Kid's Calm
Yummi Bears Multi-Vitamin & Mineral
Floravital liquid iron
Inner Health for Kids
Hi-Strength Liquid Fish Oil for Kids
MultiVitamin and Mineral Boost Powder
No-Nit Head Lice Soap
Vitamin D3 Chews
Sniffle Juice
Childrens Chest Syrup
Childrens Echinature

Related health information can be found here:

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Colds and Flu
Eczema
Gluten Intolerance
Probiotics
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Childhood Vaccination: Is There a "dark side"
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Infants Treated With Antibiotics at Increased Risk for Atopy and Asthma
How are Drugs Approved for Children
Probiotic Update - Reuteri
Probiotics Well Tolerated, Safe in Infant Formula
Nature or Bad Parenting?
Children With Thirst For Milk Are Fatter

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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