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Vitamins for Healthy Growth

Vitamins for Healthy Growth

Busy parents can find it difficult to keep on top of the vitamins and minerals their children need for optimal health. A healthy diet is the best source of nutrients, of course, but if you’re juggling your family obligations with a demanding work schedule, it can be hard to make sure that every meal you prepare is nutritionally balanced.

Even if you are scrupulous about providing your child with a healthy diet, in many instances that diet won’t supply necessary amounts of Vitamin D. Giving your child vitamins is a way to help ensure that he or she is getting the nutrients necessary for healthy growth.

Vitamins for Healthy Growth

Vitamin D

In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) raised its recommendation for the amount of Vitamin D children and adolescents should be ingesting on a daily basis. In a report entitled “Optimizing Bone Health in Children and Adolescents,” the AAP states that babies younger than 12 months require 400 international units (IU) of Vitamin D every day while older children and teens require 600 IU every day.

Of all nutrients, Vitamin D may be the one that’s most difficult to attain from food. The human body can make Vitamin D through a chemical reaction when the sun’s ultraviolet rays interact with prohormones. However, this reaction can be dampened by the use of sunscreens that concerned parents often apply to their offspring in order to decrease the risk of skin cancers later in life.

Vitamin D is critical for the optimal absorption and retention of calcium and phosphorus, which are minerals that are essential for building healthy bones. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to an increased risk of bone fractures in children and teens, and dangerously low Vitamin D levels can cause rickets.

The foods that contain Vitamin D seldom appear at the top of any kid’s taste list. These foods include canned sardines, tuna and mackerel; fresh salmon; shitake mushrooms; and hard-boiled eggs. So, what are parents to do when they want to be certain their sons and daughters are getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D? Children’s vitamins are a good start.

 

Atypical Diets

If your child is following a restrictive diet because of food allergies or because your family follows a vegan lifestyle, kids’ vitamins may be even more important. Vitamin B-12 is only found naturally in animal products. Vegan children may also be at risk for insufficient intakes of riboflavin, Vitamin D, calcium and zinc. Vitamin D and calcium, as noted above, are essential for healthy bone growth. Riboflavin, which is also called Vitamin B2, is an antioxidant that helps protect the cells in your child’s body against damaging particles called free radicals. Zinc catalyzes many of the enzymes that are vital for digestion, metabolism and growth.

 

Buying Vitamins

Before you buy pediatric vitamins, read the ingredients on the multivitamin label you’re thinking of purchasing very carefully. To be on the safe side, choose a supplement that doesn’t include more than 100 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamins and minerals.

You’re not restricted by the vitamins that are available at your neighborhood supermarket of pharmacy. You can find a range of high-quality, cheap vitamins online. There are a number of chewable vegan vitamins that are flavored with ingredients like pineapple, berries and rose hips. It’s very important, however, to teach your children that vitamins are not candy and to keep them well out of reach of your child’s grasp.…