Baby Your Baby: Vitamins & Children

You've heard the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a Flintstone chewable?Vitamins could help some children get nutrients they may be missing from food.

Tamilla House, the mother of three young children says, "We just have a healthy family." Seven-year-old Cody, five-year-old Carley, and three-year-old Calli are happy, active children. Their mom, Tamilla, thinks vitamins make them healthier. "They all do pretty good taking their vitamins, they do have a pleasant taste," Tamilla says. "My three-year-old and seven-year-old take the basic vitamins which would be the vital-e, the multivitamin, which every child needs, as well as the vitamin-c and calcium." But Carley takes a regimen of 10 vitamins a day. She has down syndrome, and takes vitamins that target her brain and other specific parts of her body. In fact, her mom takes some of the same vitamins for her memory.

Nutrition expert GeorgAnne Syler says, "Adults, children, and infants need all the same vitamins and minerals. We need vitamins in different amounts because of the different stages in our life." Tamilla gives her children their vitamins every morning and night. Tamilla says, "We have the powder for infants and toddlers that I will sprinkle on applesauce for Callie, for Cody he chews his up and takes the chewable, and then there's the adult version I crush for Carley."

Before you go pull any vitamins off the shelf for your kids, look on the back, and see what's inside. "They need to look at the label and it should say it meets 100 percent of the RDA," GeorgAnne Syler says. "It shouldn't be greater than 100 percent because they are going to get some of the nutrition, some of the vitamins and minerals they need from food."

Many children do get a lot of the nutrients they need from food. Many times, vitamins are just an added benefit, but there are some children who have allergies to certain foods, who do need to take some vitamins to replace the nutrients they may be missing out on.