Should children take multivitamins?

My daughter is 7 years old, often tired, lazy to exercise. I plan to buy a multivitamin supplement for my baby but worry about side effects. Doctor advise me something, please. (Thu Hien, 39 years old, District 7, HCMC).


For most children who are healthy and growing normally, a multivitamin supplement is not necessary. Normally, children can fully absorb essential vitamins and minerals if they have a reasonable and balanced diet.

In fact, food is still the best source of nutrients for the body. Regular meals and snacks can provide all the nutrients most preschoolers need. If a child seems anorexic, it does not mean that he is undernourished. Many common foods today, such as breakfast cereals, milk, and orange juice, are often fortified with important nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium and iron. So your child can get more vitamins and minerals, parents should not worry.

Overuse of multivitamins, not prescribed by a doctor can be toxic. Also, some vitamins and minerals can interact with medications your child may be taking.

If you are worried micronutrient deficiency childrenParents need to take their children to see a doctor to assess their nutritional status, do micronutrient tests to determine what the child is lacking or excess in. If your baby needs supplements, the doctor will advise on an appropriate diet along with using additional vitamin and mineral supplements if needed. Your doctor will prescribe the right multivitamin for your condition, age group and dosage. Parents should take care to keep multivitamins out of the reach of children and make it clear that this is not candy.

Usually, signs that a child may have a health problem or lack of nutrients, Malnutrition include: physical retardation, illness, or fatigue, minor illness, slow weight gainfood allergies…

BS.CKI Pham Do Uyen
Nutrihome Nutrition Clinic System

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