Buying Multivitamins for KidsDirect Health Shop Admin
Kids will be kids. Try as you might, sometimes they just won’t go for the most nutrient-dense thing on the menu, even if it does come with a side of melted cheese or the promise of a dessert afterward. That being said, if your kid is a healthy eater, he or she may not need a multivitamin. However, buying multivitamins for kids may not be such a bad thing to get in the habit of (if you know what to look for).
Talk to your child’s pediatrician
The first of our tips for buying multivitamins for kids may seem unrelated, but it is perhaps the most crucial tip we can share: Consult your child’s pediatrician. Regular check-ups and procedures can mean the difference between a thriving child and one who needs additional care. Plus, your pediatrician will know the best direction to point you in terms of any supplements or even additional sports vitamins or lifestyle changes for a budding athlete.
Get healthier together
Misery loves company. But you know what, joy loves it even more. If you’re proactive and positive about making healthier choices yourself, your child will want to follow in your footsteps. For example, you can experiment in the kitchen together or let your child pick out a new healthy snack, fruit, or vegetable when you make grocery trips.
A foolproof way to find healthier alternatives is to look for limited, natural or organic ingredients. It also helps to shop the perimeter of grocery stores first and fill your cart. Then, if you must, grab a treat or two from the interior aisles. Interior aisles will obviously have processed food that does not need to be kept fresh. That being said, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find healthy crackers, chips, or cookies that have some redeeming qualities — like high fiber or low sugar.
Beyond your diet, too, you can encourage your child to move with you. If you’re spending a lot of time at home or don’t have safe access to a gym or outdoor playground, you can plan workouts together at home. Include your child in the fun by making him or her a “routine” to follow along with. After all a healthy diet can only get them so far — they should use those strong bones and developing muscles for something!
Tips for buying multivitamins for kids
All the above aside, buying a multivitamin for your kids likely isn’t a bad idea, as long as your pediatrician has OK-ed it. In some cases, vitamin content may need to be specified or your child’s physician may have more tailored recommendations than just Flinstones’ best (however, these claim to be the No. 1 pediatrician-recommended brand).
- You may need to find one with added vitamin D: We talk about the importance of vitamin D on this blog a lot, and the same goes for growing kiddos.
- Look for these other nutrients: Iron, iodine, choline, B6, and B12 are all crucial to development, too.
- Your child may benefit from a probiotic: Probiotics can help people of all ages maintain regularity and healthy gut bacteria.
- Discuss any dietary restrictions or allergies: It’s not likely that an allergy to a few foods will set your child back nutritionally. However, that being said, you should still address this with your pediatrician.
Healthier now, healthier later
It’s never too late to get on track to better health, and no step is too small. However, the more you set your child up for success now and foster healthy eating and exercise habits, the easier it will be for him or her to apply it as second-nature. After all, everyone wants to remain a kid at heart (and as healthy as one, too).