Anyone Give Vitamins to Their One Year Old?

Updated on November 29, 2008
L.Y. asks from Easton, PA
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I just brought my daughter for her 12 month check up and asked my doctor if she now needs to take vitamins because she will no longer be on formula. To my surprise, she answered that is wasn't necessary as long as she was eating well. When my son was her age, I remember his doctor at the time (different from the one we have now) said he now needed to take the poly-vitamin drops after he turned one and was no longer on formula. Just wondering what others have heard and were doing. Thanks!

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J.M.

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My doctor told me that it is important that they take the poly-vitamin for their teeth. By them taking the vitamin it makes the adult teeth very strong even though they are still developing in the gum. Both of my kids were on them since they were 6 months old and I had used 2 different docs.My daughter is 6 1/2 and my son is 10 months.

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N.G.

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My doctor told me the same thing when my daughter was younger. As long as she was getting a balanced diet he felt it wasn't necessary. I did start her on one this past year because she has become a picky eater & doesn't eat as balanced a diet as I think she should. Be careful if you decide to give her one because with some of the vitamins a dose is 1/2 a pill. They do sell vitamins now for under age 4.

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D.W.

answers from Philadelphia on

times have changed. my son is now 15 1/2 months old and he was not told by the doctor that he needed to have vitamins at the one year check up.as long as they are eating well they should be fine. just make sure to give enough calcium by including not only milk in diet but also cheese and may be some yogurt. they will also get vitamins from the fruits and veggies they eat and protein from things like chicken. i think these days our diets are better than they used to be so no need for extra vitamins. don't worry everything will be fine.

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K.J.

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My daughter is 27 months and at her 2 yr check up they told me I could give her one then. I didnt up until then

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T.M.

answers from Pittsburgh on

we gave our son poly-vi-sol drops at just about 1.but he has food allergies and the doctor wanted to make sure he was getting enough vitamins.

hope it helps.

C.K.

answers from Philadelphia on

My ped told me the same thing as your daughter's when I took my son to his one year check-up. As long as they are eating healthy you don't have to be concerned about a multi-vitamin. She said I could introduce a chewable when he got closer to the age of 2, if I felt it was necessary.

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J.G.

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Both my 12 month old and my 2 1/2 year old have been on Polyvitamin drops since they were 4 months old. My older one is now on chewable flouride and a regular childrens vitamin. You only need polyvitamin drops which is flouride if you don't have formula in the water where you live. Do you live in the same place as you did with your older child?

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T.M.

answers from Philadelphia on

You are right they used to perscribe them the liquid vitamins. Maybe they don't anymore? I would not worry to much unless she has low iron or something. Or i don't see anything wrong with half a flinstone vitamin...you may want to check with doc though.

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A.P.

answers from Allentown on

Hi, L.!
I would suggest getting a natural, food-based multi-vitamin (such as Animal Parade, which both my kids have taken for a very long time now). You can always get them @ health food stores & can often find them in the Natural section of Giant or Wegmans.

Synthetic vitamins (ie: Flinstones, Centrum, etc...), which are not food-based are loaded with fillers, binders, artificial colors & flavors and chemicals. A child's body, especially, does not know what to do with all the chemicals and therefor, the vitamins are poorly absorbed.

HTH!

F.B.

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I have three kids ages 8, 3, and 20 months. I never gave any of my kids vitamins after finishing with formula. I didn't start giving them vitamins until after the older two turned at least 2 years old. I have no plans on starting my youngest until she is at least 2 years old. I don't think it is necessary unless there is definitely an issue that would warrant it.

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S.B.

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My son is 14 months old. He eats extremely well. Little sugar. He eats fruits & veggies multiple times a day. He eats home cooked meals for lunch & dinner. (I am a SAHM). Our doctor prescribed a vitamin for him. I know the vitamin has flouride in it among other things (I'm not sure what the other things are). My personal opinion is that children do more growing & developing in the first 3 years of life than they will do in the rest of their life. So, even though he eats really well I would want him to take a vitamin to make sure he is getting all the vitamins & minerals he needs. I don't understand why doctors would not recommend one. Please be aware that med schools do NOT require doctors to take nutrition courses. If they offer them, they are electives. So, most doctors know as much about nutrition as we do. (My doctor recommended the vitamin before i even requested it).

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D.J.

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My son just turned 10 weeks old, and since his 1 month appointment, the doctor wanted me to give him 1ml of Enfamil Tri-Vi-Sol with iron daily. You don't need a prescription for it, but at the Giant where I get it, they keep it behind the pharmacy counter. He is breastfed and the doctor said that breastfed babies need the extra iron. We gave my now 2-1/2 year old daughter the same vitamin, but I can't remember how old she was when we stopped giving it to her, I think it was when she started eating more solid food.

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C.H.

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during the first year was only a floride drop. After that was a vitamin with flouride. now when older only vitamin

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N.G.

answers from Allentown on

My doctor told me the same thing when my daughter was younger. As long as she was getting a balanced diet he felt it wasn't necessary. I did start her on one this past year because she has become a picky eater & doesn't eat as balanced a diet as I think she should. Be careful if you decide to give her one because with some of the vitamins a dose is 1/2 a pill. They do sell vitamins now for under age 4.

C.J.

answers from Harrisburg on

I only did cause my daughter was not eating very well, but that soon ended......she is a better eater. I give her reg vitamins.

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L.M.

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Hi L.. Our son's pediatrician said the same thing as yours. But, I just was not certain that he was getting everything he needed, so after asking around and checking, we started giving him the poly-vi-sol drops in his milk in the morning. They seem to do the trick! Hope that helps!

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D.P.

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Is she a good eater? If so, it probably isn't necessary. Keep in mind that kids eat in weird patterns, too. One day they might eat up a storm and the next day not have much interest in food. That's normal. But if overall her eating is good, I wouldn't give a vitamin. Just my opinion. Good luck!

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R.H.

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My little guy just turned 1 and I asked my pedi the same question. He said it's not necessary but it's not going to hurt so do it if I want to. That seemed a little inconclusive to me! So my son has been seeing a hematologist for anemia (which I thought might be another good reason to give it--clearly he isn't getting what he needs through his food alone). The hematologist said definitely give the vitamin.

I'm not sure what the "right" answer is. I have friends whose pediatricians say "yes definitely" and mine and others say it's not necessary. I am now choosing to give it due to my son's anemia and the increased vitamin D recommendations and I figure it can only do good. But I seemed to get the same answer from my pedi as you. Who knows!

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A.B.

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I have a four year old and a 7 month old. i have spoken to my doctor about giving my 4 year old vitamins. he told me that it would serve no purpose for her because she eats well and is growing and developing well.

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K.B.

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As long as the child is eating a healthy balanced diet then a one year old isn't going to need a vitamin. Most toddlers and preschoolers will go through a picky eating stage and that's the time when a supplement will come in handy. Most vitamin chewables will tell you to take half until age 4, but follow the bottle directions. Children's nutrition should be from their food and drink. Only when they're lacking that balance (not amount as children don't need much) will they NEED a vitamin. Wait for their picky stage, then offer them.

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J.I.

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I definitely think the more modern approach is no, if they are eating a healty diet. Don't forget, we are under incredible pressure and exposed to so much marketing to make us think that we "need" things for our kids. On the other hand, I have also heard that it can't hurt, but you can overdose your kids on stuff, so don't do more then the one dose a day. My aunt is of the opinion, and I have seen this reflected in some science journals, that because of the changes we have made in the mass production of our food, that it isn't as nutritious as even a few decades ago, mineral content depleted in soil, etc., so you could take that into consideration. I would look into getting one that has no additives, preservatives, or sugars, though -- why put bad things in when you are trying to only increase the good?

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J.M.

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My doctor told me that it is important that they take the poly-vitamin for their teeth. By them taking the vitamin it makes the adult teeth very strong even though they are still developing in the gum. Both of my kids were on them since they were 6 months old and I had used 2 different docs.My daughter is 6 1/2 and my son is 10 months.

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L.H.

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We have a two year old and I have been giving her a supplement since she was 1. We have a close family friend who is a nutritionist. He says that even though the child may be eating well, so many of today's foods are processed and have extra preservatives / additives that a multi vitamin is very important for these developmental years. I give liquid drops (Baby Plex by Nature's Plus) in a small amount of juice in the morning as well as a fish oil supplement (for the Omega 3 fatty acids).

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