Supplements for Infants and Children

With the recent birth of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge it seems like an appropriate time to talk about children’s health. The Department of Health recommends that all children from six months to five years old are given supplements, in the form of vitamin drops, which contain vitamins A, C and D. One of the most frequently asked questions in health food shops is whether children can take the supplements that their parents use. There isn’t a straight forward answer to this because there are a number of variables including the age & size of the child, the supplement in question and the size of the tablet or capsule (as they could be a choking hazard).

The most popular children’s supplements at the moment are vitamin D and Omega-3 rich Fish Oil. A lot of the interest in vitamin D has been due to the media reporting of cases of rickets caused by lack of vitamin D as a consequence of the lack of exposure our children get to the sun. Recent studies have shown that the vitamin D3 form is 87 percent more potent at raising blood levels of the vitamin than the vitamin D2 form and also shows a 2- to 3-fold increase in its storage. Due to their rapid bone growth, children require the same daily amounts of vitamin D as adults.

There is a lot of debate about the benefits of the omega-3 essential fatty acid DHA for children’s brain development with many studies showing improvement in learning skills with those supplementing with this vital nutrient. The most convenient way for children to achieve a suitable dose of this is to take it in a liquid form. As with vitamin D, the requirement for these important fatty acids is as high for children as it is for adults and matching the adults.

Vitamin C is important for your child’s general health and their immune system. It can also help their body absorb iron. Vitamin C is one of the easier vitamins to get inside your child as there are many fruits and vegetables that provide a good source of their essential vitamin.

The most popular way for parents to supplement their children’s diet is with a multi-vitamin. Most good multi-vitamins contain most of the essential vitamins required and give parents reassurance that their children are getting daily support, particularly if they are fussy eaters.

Natures Aid have developed a range of vitamin drops designed specifically for infants and children aged 3 months to 5 years old. The Natures Aid ‘Mini Drops’ range is free from sugar, artificial flavours & colourings which can be easily added to food & drink, providing a natural healthy alternative to chewable tablets and gummies. The Mini Drops range includes; DHA Drops for Brain & Vision Support; Multi-Vitamin Drops for Health & Well-being; Vitamin C Drops for Immune Support; and Vitamin D3 Drops for Healthy Bones & Teeth.

The best thing about children’s supplements in liquid form is that they can easily be added to a child’s drink to ensure the child takes the full dose without complaint.

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