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July 14, 2021 03:23pm
By Jill Murphy, Associate Editor
There are many OTC products to keep children healthy.
Multivitamin/mineral (MVM) nutritional supplements are very popular among all age groups. Although the optimal means of obtaining essential vitamins and nutrients for individuals of all ages, especially children, is through a balanced and nutritious diet, many parents and caregivers turn to the host of nutritional supplements formulated specifically for children to ensure that these needs are met. Statistics show that an estimated one-third of US children take some form of vitamin and/or mineral supplement. These supplements are available in a variety of dosage forms, including flavored chewables, gummies, gumballs, and liquid formulations. In addition, MVM formulations are available to meet the nutritional needs of specific age groups within the pediatric patient population. Specialty supplements are even formulated to promote immune health, support bone health, and provide energy and brain support.
Does My Child Need a Multivitamin?
Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dietetic Association emphasize that eating a balanced, nutritious diet is the best possible method for children to obtain essential nutrients. Before giving your child an MVM supplement, you should discuss the matter with your pediatrician or pharmacist to determine whether such a supplement is necessary. Pediatricians may recommend a daily MVM supplement for the following groups of children:
More and more children are taking prescription medications to treat various conditions such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. If your child is taking any other medications, it is important to talk to your pediatrician or pharmacist about MVM supplements to avoid potential drug—nutrient interactions or contraindications.
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