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Need Good Multi Vitamin/immune Support for 22 Month Old-

I'm looking for a good multi vitamin/ immune support for my niece. My sister is in the hospital with her 6 week old son with clinical meningitis, & I'm taking care of her children for her in the meantime. She gave me permission to go ahead & change her children's vitamins when I run out, of which I got them on in the first place, so I want to get them really strong & healthy for this flu season, & for their baby brother who may be coming home on a Picc line in the next week. I give my 22 Month old niece this liquid kind, can't remember the name of it right now, I put it in her juice twice a day, but I have to chase her around for an hour for her to take it, right now I'm using the method; No that's my juice, you better not drink it, Oh you drank my juice I'm gonna tickle you, game. LoL. She loves that game, but I don't want to wear the reverse psychology thing out too soon. LoL. I would like her to actually enjoy taking her vitamins. I also give her acidophilus that she chews up every morning that she likes. That's more for her eczema, but I know it also helps with her immune system. My other sister gives her kids this stuff called; Amazing Grass Kidz SuperFood, an organic chocolate milk drink mix, that's supposed to be great, but she her self told me she's not sure how good it does or not. Has anyone ever tried this? I know Ry would drink this with no problem, just not sure how good it is for her, it is Organic tho, which I do like. Her older 2 siblings are covered, they like their vitamins OK, so if anyone has any advise about what to give my niece, I'd be greatly appreciative! :)

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Hi B.,

Sorry I am responding so late. My computer was down and I was out of town. I use wholefood supplements and I also make a drink with it and put it in popcycle molds for the children for a healthy snacks.

If you want more info let me know.

Have a great day.

N. Marie

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In general, I believe that vitamins are not recommended for kids unless there is a deficiency. I would call the child's pediatrician especially since the child is so young. I believe that vitamins are a lifestyle choice. Some parents are "into" them but no doctor actually recommends them. Recent studies have shown vitamins to be worthless and, in some cases, detrimental to one's health.

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Hi B.,

Sorry I am responding so late. My computer was down and I was out of town. I use wholefood supplements and I also make a drink with it and put it in popcycle molds for the children for a healthy snacks.

If you want more info let me know.

Have a great day.

N. Marie

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You are a GREAT sister and aunt!!! :)

I don't have a suggestion for a vitamin since my kids are a little older but, since you sound very open to alternative medecine, (rather than just a drug for everything!), I do have a suggestion re: her eczema. Eczema is actually an inflammatory/autoimmune condition. It is a long story but gluten and dairy (and sometimes other food intolerances) are often the cause of eczema. I found out by talking to a nutritionst that I was gluten intolerant and removed it. My skin was better, my thyroid problem went away, I had MUCH more energy, my immune system improved, constipation went away, my muscle and joint aches disappeared, stomach problems disappeared, etc, etc, etc! I then removed it from my daughter's diet as well. Her long-standing eczema cleared up very quickly as did our asthma! We were able to go off all of our allergy and asthma meds. It was amazing.

Many people with sensory disorders, ADD/ADHD, Asperger Syndrome or Autism see an improvement in their behaviors and symptoms when they remove gluten and casein from their diets.

Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are genetic conditions and are really underdiagnosed. People suffer for years with increasing symptoms and most doctors are not quite getting it yet. They were never able to figure out why i was having so many problems. I encourage you to read about them online. Just search "gluten" or the word "celiac" along with "eczema" or any symptoms she or anyone else in your family is having. You will find lots of reading. If anyone in your family has autoimmune conditions (including diabetes), cancers, canker sores, digestive issues, migraines, unexplained aches, thyroid problems, numbness or tingling in hands or feet, Alzheimer's, fatigue, allergies or asthma, depression, anemia... You might want to look into this. It is more common than people think! :)

Sometimes, REMOVING things from the diet can be just as important as adding things. Food intolerances are different than allergies and won't be recognized on an allergy test.

A good nutritionist would be able to suggest a supplement for your niece. Let me know if you need anything else. I have lots of books and online articles I could share.
Take care.

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No doubt you'll get a lot of responses, but the best immune support you can give anyone really is a whole. That's why I recommend Body Balance. It is a liquid that is blend of sea vegetables and aloe vera, and it naturally contains every mineral, vitamin, trace mineral, essential fatty acid you need. The company that produces it has been around and making it for 25 years now, so they have a solid track record. I take it and my son has been taking it for over 2 years. He has not missed 1 day of school, and the 2 times he did get sick it passed through him much more quickly - alas not missing any school.

We play a game about which superhero do you want to be because when you drink your superjuice your going to turn into a superhero.

If you want to hear more about Body Balance and the company that produces it, email me back and I can send you a link.

Good luck.

M.

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at around two the world of vitamins opens up, my daughter loves the nordic something brand of gummi vitamins and the primadophilous chewables

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I've had great luck with the gummy bear vitamins that you can buy at Costco. My kids love to take them (they think they're candy, so I have to hide them way up high in a cupboard). Originally I bought the same gummy type vitamins at GNC, however I compared the ingredients with the ones from Costco, and they were the same, but the Costco kind were way cheaper. Obviously vitamins aren't as good as having kids eat a balanced diet - but as we all know, little ones rarely eat everything on their plates so the vitamins are good insurance that they're getting what they need!

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The best vitamins you can give yourself and your family are whole fruits and vegetables. I haven't taken vitamins for years. I prefer to eat them in a very healthy diet. I eat about 5-10 fruit and veggie portions a day and a lot of fiber rich foods along with a good balance of protein. A multi-vit can't hurt, but nothing beats the real deal. A word of warning-be careful not to give your kids too much of certain fat soluable vitamins-I think one might be A? You can consume too much and that is not good.

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I give my kids Iodine (called Idoral) and also Carlsons lemon flavored Cod Liver oil.

Idoral is a small pill but I don't know how you would get a toddler to take it. The reason I give iodine is because it saturates the thyroid, and our blood travels through the thyroid. Iodine kills bacteria, virus, protozoa, fungi.
Oatmeal (not the instant in a packet but old fashioned rolled oats) and bananas are also a good source of iodine. Diets high in refined carbs and baked goods are also high in bromine- besides it being a rat poison, bromine depletes iodine stores. 50 years ago iodine was used in commercial bread and baked products for dough enhancers, but they took it out and replaced it with bromine.

The chlorine and floride in our tap water depletes iodine stores.

Vit A and D are the immunity vitamins. You can get a hefty dose of each in Cod liver oil.

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In general, I believe that vitamins are not recommended for kids unless there is a deficiency. I would call the child's pediatrician especially since the child is so young. I believe that vitamins are a lifestyle choice. Some parents are "into" them but no doctor actually recommends them. Recent studies have shown vitamins to be worthless and, in some cases, detrimental to one's health.

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Hi,
Have you tried Isagenix? They have a great issaimmune.
here is my website: www.cindyflesher.isagenix.com.
Let me know if you have questions or want to sample.
Thanks,

I like Nordic Naturals, you can get at Whole Foods. They have chewables for kids that are like gummy drops but really soft and not hard on their teeth. They taste great and adults can eat them too. :) I hope that helps. I think I have Berries something or another.

Hi Briana!
You sound like a wonderful auntie!
I rep a brand called Nutrilite. They are the only global brand to grow, harvest and process the plants used for their nutritional supplements on their own certified organic farms - which gives them total control of their supplements from seed to serving. They were the first to come out with a multivitamin/mineral supplement using whole plant foods way back in the mid '30s. They were also the first to come out with a multivitamin/mineral supplement and an omega 3 for kids.
My website is www.shop1source.com. The multi is called Kids Multitarts - which is a chewable and the Omega 3s are called Brainiums - which are in a gummy form. These products also carry a 6 month 100% satisfaction guarantee. It's basically...try them, love them or your money back! You can also call and leave a message at 1.866.810.5148 with any questions(it's toll free)and I will be happy to get back to you! M.

Nice to hear the kids are getting some extremely valuable help from you.
My kids are big now, but I have heard of Child LIfe Vitamins and ____@____.com/childlife.html Seems this is what you are looking for liquid, good tasting for infants and toddlers.

Read this whole article. Explains meningitis is: inflamation of the tissues around the brain and help for it. exerpt from this site: Cranial Sacral Therapy for infant-toddlers Meningitis.
www.signifier.co.uk/CCST/articles2.htm
Cranial Sacral Treatment Exceptionally gentle and subtle.
In the case of the meningeal effects with which we are concerned here, treatment would involve ...gentle manipulations...

The experienced cranio-sacral therapist can direct the therapeutic effect as required, focusing the attention on appropriate areas of resistance and monitoring the response and release of the cranio-sacral system.

This traction is so gentle and subtle that by the standards of any other therapy it would not be considered as traction at all. Anything more forceful will again only lead to resistance from the body. Only by approaching the membranes in this exceptionally gentle way, with a subtlety and sensitivity that must be developed by the practitioner through regular and consistent practice, will the cranio-sacral system respond.

Using this approach is very effective, often rapid and dramatic.
GOOD LUCK.

Hi B.,

You've gotten a lot of great responses so far. I recently took my 5 year old son to a nutritionist and she recommended the Nature's Sunshine brand vitamins for him. I give him the Sunshine heroes multi-vitamin, whole food anti-oxidant and omega-3s. You can find these products at www.naturessunshine.com. They are like gummy vitamins, but are made in fruit pectin instead of corn syrup. I also give him a probiotic everyday. The probiotic is manufactured by Genestra brands. It's called HMF powder. It is suitable for younger children as well. Good luck!

Costco has these Gummy Vitamins, regular and coated and they are really yummy and you will have to hide them to make sure they don't take more than two-smile. Problem will be solved!! I even take them.

My whole family has been taking Juice Plus+ for over 6 years now. It is 15 different fruits and veggies in a great tasting soft chewable. Check out www.StudiesOnJuicePlus.com and you will see this whole food product has 15 published studies behind it showing that it get into the bloodstream (bio-available) and helps keep our immune system healthy. Taking Juice Plus+ has been one of the best health decisions I have ever made for my family.
Best of luck to you!

L.

Bee Propolis in a liquid extract is great. Only 2 drops maybe for a little one! Honey is a favorite immune medicine in our house. And if you can find a liquid extract w/ mushrooms that is a loved remedy in my family.

You sound amazing! All that mama love and fostering is just beautiful. What hard and amazing work! Bless you.

Be careful with taking supplements ever. I would never take another vitamen without doing research and verifying that PRIMARY research has been done on it. please consider looking at only whole food supplements. The only one that I know has tons of PRIMARY research is Juice Plus. Research was done from Yale, Standford, and many other reputable Inst and published in peer reviewed medical journals.
go to www.go4nutrition2juiceplus.com click on related info and watch the video clip of the four doctors, Dr William Sears is on that and he is the BEST www.askdrsears.com. I can show you how to get it for free for the kids and it absolutely works on keeping immunity strong. We rarely get sick since starting, my whole family. My step dad is doing great too and he has cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Let me know how I can help

During the winter months I give my daughter "Nordic Berries," little gummy vitamins that, yes, are loaded with sugar, but she loves them. I buy them at Whole Foods and have also seen them at other health-food-type stores and supermarkets. A little pricey, but compliance is never a problem.
For vitamin C, and I give this to her when she seems a little low or extra tired, I give her ChildLife brand Liquid Vitamin C. It's apparently quite tasty and I never have to struggle to get her to take it. I have a special little tiny cup I pour it into and let her drink from that. The vitamin C comes in a brown bottle with a yellow label and it's a little harder to find than the Nordic Berries. I buy it at Whole Foods too and it's usually on the bottom shelf. I especially like it because the dose per teaspoon is pretty high (250 mg per tsp) and it's relatively inexpensive ($7 a bottle?). Though I generally believe that you get what you pay for with vitamins.
It's a little bit of work, but if I think my daughter is really fighting something off or hasn't been eating well for a couple of days I make a smoothie and will add the vitamin C plus the contents of a few acidophilus tablets to her cup.

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