Diet For Your Child
|By: Jerry Smith
It is the belief of most parents
that children are eating a relatively healthy diet, but
if not, they throw up their hands and give up. Children
are then plied with multivitamins. Though this is not a
bad thing to do, many children think they are candy
especially now that they come in gummi candy, gumballs,
and cute animal and cartoon characters.
This is extremely serious because if they are with a kids
reach, they could be taking more than you know about. If
there is the remotest chance your child has ingested too
many, immediately call Poison Control and get them to the
If your child overdoses with multivitamins with iron your
child could become seriously ill or die. All manner of
medications must absolutely be kept out of the reach
children. If you think your child needs them generic
multivitamins are fine but for the most part, children
get a lot of their vitamins in their diets.
If your child is either allergic to dairy products or
wont eat them, calcium will need to come from other
sources. A consultation with your childs
pediatrician is important. One vitamin daily is all a
child needs even if his diet has been questionable for
The absorption of other vitamins could be blocked if
there is too much of any one vitamin. For example, too
much calcium can prevent the absorption of other vitamins
such as iron. Healthy food choices are not a childs
priority you can expect to be giving your child vitamins
well into their teens.
Before buying vitamins you should know that opinions
about vitamins with iron for children vary greatly. One
belief is that you should, in fact, be giving vitamins
with iron. Another philosophy is that never should a
child be given vitamins with iron in them.
In infancy my own child showed signs of iron deficiency
as an infant. Always check with your childs doctor;
my childs doctor put him on iron fortified vitamins
and he is healthy now. A disease called Hemochromatosis
is caused by too much iron in the blood.
The iron becomes unusable by the body and it is not
washed out of the body easily. It is almost always a
fatal disease and can cause serious health issues.
Calcium helps build strong bones and muscles and is a
very important part of your childs diet.
Calcium is a mineral. Kids who eat ice cream, yogurt, and
cheese or who drink milk usually get enough calcium from
their diets. Some do not like dairy products, still
others are allergic to them. Children can be assisted in
getting what they need by consuming calcium fortified
juices, cereals and vitamins.
Drinking fluoride treated tap water and bottled water
and/or using fluoridated toothpaste is enough for most
children. Your child should not be given fluoride
supplements without checking with your pediatrician. Your
childs teeth could be permanently stained if they
get too much fluoride.
This defeats entirely, the purpose of the treatment of
water and the use of toothpaste meant to protect your
childs teeth. Infant multivitamins in liquid form
is available and usually administered with an eye
The drops contain vitamins A, C, and D and may have added
iron. Also they may have other vitamins and minerals such
as thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B-12. Chewable
childrens vitamins are available in the forms of
cartoon characters and/or animals. Now vitamins are
available in gummi candy and gumballs.
Try buying gum ball vitamins or cartoon characters if
your child is difficult about taking vitamins. Your child
should always be supervised while hes taking his
vitamins. My son never gets to take his vitamins on his
own, I give them to him.
He may or may not take it or he could take too many.
Childrens vitamins could be a very good thing but
too much of a good thing could be fatal. They should not
be left in the reach of children. Eating what is right is
not your childs top priority so giving him vitamins
may offset some of that.
Adjustments to childs diet should always be
discussed with your childs pediatrician, its
better to err on the side of caution. Its fine to
have fun shapes but your child could think they are candy
and they should be kept out of reach of children or
locked in a cabinet.
Smith is a successful freelance writer providing advice
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