Healthy Living

Do Kids Really Need Vitamins?

As children start to grow and mature well into their adolescent years, and eventually into their adult years, it’s only normal that they get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals to ensure optimal health.

Of course, a balanced diet is meant to provide kids with all of the nutrients they need, but what if the circumstances they’re under require for supplements and numerals? What then?

Nutrition for kids

Of course, this depends on the kid’s age, sex, size, growth and activity level.

For example, experts say children between the ages two and eight require around 1,000-4,000 calories each day. Nine to 13, on the other hand, require a bit more at 1,400-2,600 calories daily – although this number is still dependent on the child’s activity level.

But what nutrients do kids need?

Generally, kids need the same nutrients adults do, although they need to take it in smaller amounts. This includes calcium and vitamin D for stronger bones, as well as iron, zinc, iodine, choline and the vitamins A, B6, and B12, which are all crucial for proper brain development in early life.

And how about vitamin supplements?

In general, kids that are given a properly balanced and healthy diet don’t need supplements of any sort, since they get all their fix from their diets. However, under specific circumstances, some kids may require the help of supplements to help them get their fix. Nevertheless, health organizations generally recommend kids to stick to a balanced diet that contains fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy to help supply all the necessary vitamins and nutrients.

Usually, kids who need vitamins and mineral supplements are those who are:

  • Picky eaters
  • Follow a vegetarian diet
  • Suffer from a condition that affect the absorption of nutrients, or increases the need for it

 

And so if your child is a picky eater, taking vitamins would benefit him or her. As always, make sure to discuss any minerals or supplements with a healthcare provider before giving them to your child, just to ensure that what they’re putting in their bodies will benefit them and not have any side effects.

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