How To Compare The Common Forms Of Vitamin Supplements For Children
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Vitamin supplements come in all shapes and sizes, from tablets to gummies to liquids. So, how can you decide which one is right for your child?
Vitamins and minerals play an array of important roles in supporting your little one’s healthy growth and development. And, as a parent, you likely know the best source of these essential nutrients is a balanced, varied diet full of fresh fruits and veggies.
But, from periods of fussy eating to needing extra support during a growth spurt, every now and again our children need additional nutritional support when their dietary intake is inadequate.
During these times, you may consider a vitamin and mineral supplement for your little one. But with several different types of supplements available on the pharmacy shelves, including liquids, gummies and tablets, it may be challenging to know which one to choose for your child.
When it comes to ease of use, format plays an important role. Read on to discover the pros and cons of liquid, gummy and tablet vitamins.
If you have any concerns about your child’s nutrition or are looking for tailored advice around which supplement may be right for them, talk to your health professional.
Pros: Once your child is older than four, a chewable tablet may be easy for them to take, tablets don’t require measuring in the same way that liquids may.
Cons: Parents may need to crush tablets for young children and some older children may continue to find taking non-chewable tablets challenging. Some tablets may contain added sugar, sweeteners or bulking agents. Some children may not enjoy the chalky texture associated with some tablets.
Pros: Some gummy vitamins come in delicious flavours, this may make them easy to take, and the ‘lolly aspect ‘may be appealing to fussy eaters.
Cons: Some gummies on the market may contain added sugar, and depending on how they are made, ingredients may be subjected to heat in the manufacturing process (which can affect or degrade some vitamins).
Pros: Easy to administer to all age groups, reduced choking hazard in comparison to gummies and tablets, and can be easily disguised in water or your child’s favourite juice.
Cons: If the product doesn’t include a measuring device it may be difficult to know how much to give your child. Taste also plays an important role in liquid vitamins, so it’s important to find one with a flavour your little one enjoys.
To find a vitamin and/or mineral supplement that works for your child may take some ‘trial and error’. After all, what works for one child may not work for another. If you’re looking for advice, talk to your health professional. You may wish to discuss the following information with them:
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