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What Kind of (Odorless, Tasteless) Vitamins Can I Slip to My Picky 4 Year Old?

My extremely picky 4 year old hardly gets any vitamins (except calcium). Has anyone heard of any vitamins/minerals that I could maybe put in his chocolate milk that he wouldn't taste?

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Sorry I didn't respond quickly. Thanks everyone for your ideas! My son still won't eat gummy vitamins, but we've gotten him Children's Multi-Vitamin Liquid by Schiff online at www.evitamins.com to put in juice and see how that goes!

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I grind up Juice Plus chewables (with a coffee grinder)for my beyond picky daughter with autism. I started literally putting a pinch in her milk, so she didn't reject it, then moved to 1/8 tsp, etc.. Now I get a whole tsp. in there per milk. It is all about moving slow, so they don't reject it because once they reject it, you can forget tryin again. I am happy to talk to you more about it if you would like.

Also, for the echolalia, have you looked into Therapeutic Listening. It works on their auditory processing, and helped us with echolalia.

J.
www.juiceplus.com/+jh72997

Like everyone else said, try gummies vitamins. My son takes them and yes they do taste like candy so give him one and hide the bottle. You can also try Ovaltine. Some say it doesn't taste like chocolate milk, but to me and my 7 yr old. Tastes just like any other bunny rabbit milk. (Nesquick uses the bunny so he used to think all chocolate milk was bunny rabbit milk, just kinda stuck as he got older. LOL)

Instead of putting vitamins in the chocolate milk, use Instant Breakfast powder to make chocolate milk. It has lots of vitamins and minerals. My daughter loves it; my mom would make me drink a glass every morning because I was so adverse to eating breakfast.

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I know this has nothing to do with vitamins but If your child is a picky eater and you're worried about nutrition, READ- Jessica Seinfield's "Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food book.
Mrs. Seinfield, funny man Jerry Seinfield’s boding wife, comes to the conclusion that children will only eat what’s bad for them and trying to force feed fruits and veggies always leads to disastrous results. By pureeing nutrious foods and hiding them in family favorites like lasagna, pancakes and cookies, children will think they’re eating what they want but your hidden ingredients also get them to eat what you want too. The book is a brilliant idea!!

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Hi L.,

I am a chiropractor and I have several types of children's vitamins in my office. We can use muscle testing to determine which one is the best for your child. Also, I usually keep a few different ones open so I can let kids sample them before you actually buy them. I had to try several before I found one my daughter liked. You really need to watch the sugar content in a lot of the over the counter types. ie- flintstones, gummy, etc. The sugar content will offset any nutritional value. The other option is to go to a health food store to buy the vitamins. They usually have better quality vitamins and can let you know which ones more selective children tend to like. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call ###-###-####. Thanks! Dr. Sandra S.

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L.,
It's great that you are concerned about your son's nutritional needs. Hopefully whatever choice you make, you will choose for the entire family as well. Monkey see, monkey do!

NO matter what choice you make, please make sure it's a quality product. This is your family's health, not wallet we're talking about. I was introduced to VeMMA Nutritional Program in March. Taking a quality supplement has drastically improved my husband's allergies. It's a high-quality, great-tasting multivitamin, PLUS minerals, PLUS antioxidants, all in one. It contains the highest level of mangosteen on the market, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, and is anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. The benefits go way beyond basic vitamins!

The pills in a retail store are mass-produced, cheaply, and have lots of contaminants, binders and fillers that your body doesn't need. Pills are especially difficult to digest, as they are made to have a long shelf-life. VeMMA is liquid, and the nutrients are bio-available (body-ready). Kids can take 1/2 the adult dose, therefore making it a simple, convenient product that the entire family can use. Most kids drink it straight, but you can add it to a sippy cup of juice if you must. You don't need to keep up with separate gummies for the kids, shakes for the teens, a separate pill for mom, etc. VeMMA is a fairly new product on the supplement market, and in my opinion a class above products like Juice Plus, which is clearly NOT a vitamin supplement. Yes, it's great to have whole foods crushed up, but if you're going to pay for something, why not have the label be the proof?

I also have a son with variants of autism, and when vitamin therapy was recommended, I made sure to choose a good one. Please visit www.ShareHealthyFun.com or contact me for more info. Good Luck!
A.

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Hi L.,

My son, who is diagnosed with autism, is a very picky as well. The vitamin companies that make vitamin supplements for kids on the spectrum make vitamins that are tasty, that you can added to his juice and other foods. Sometimes if a child is low in zink it makes even fresh fruit taste like it is rotten. Maybe try a bit of zinc. One of the companies that I really like is Lee Silsby. They will even compound the stuff for you. They have a website and they are easy to contact as well. Their vitamins are high quality and have not been sitting on a shelf. www.ourkidsasd.com
Also try bribing him with a tiny spoonful, about 1/8 of a teaspoon, of food followed by an M&M. It worked well for my non autstic child. You may have already tried that though. Us parents of picky eaters usually have.
Good luck,
W.

These was this powder that you mix in water to make a drink (tasted like a ligther gatorade; no so sugary) called ImmuneFizz or something. It was being demoed at Costco this past weekend. Tasted good.

In the past I have used some drops that Herbalife sells. They have no ordor, taste or color. They are liquid so you can drop them in any of his dricks. If I remeber correctly they were called Kindermins

All 3 of my little boys take Koala Pals chewable vitamins. They love them! Plus, they have a higher absorption rate than any other vitamin on the market so you know that your little one is getting the nutrients they need. :)

Well if you son is exceptionally picky it could be because you are giving him too much milk and then he may never feel like trying healthy food choices because he won't be very hungry if he has too much milk. If you suspect that your son may be autistic then you should also stay away from chocolate (including chocolate milk) My niece is autistic and any kind of chocolate messes with her really bad. As for vitamins there are many choices out there now that are quite appealing to kids that you won't even have to hide in food for them to take. They have gummy vitamins and I have even seen vitamin bubble gum. If I needed to slip in vitamins to my children "under the radar" then I would grind it into a powder form and bake it into something. Be careful though because some medicines aren't meant to be crushed. You may want to ask your pharmicist for some suggestions on how to get some vitamins to your kidd-O. Good Luck

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Hi L., I am a pediatric occupational therapist and primarily see children on the Autism Spectrum. I've met and worked with many picky eaters and children with limited diets! I have 2 boys of my own as well. My whole family eats Juice Plus, as another person recommended below. It has made a world of difference in my family's health! I would recommend Juice Plus to every person I know! Usually most kids will enjoy either the gummies or the chewables, it just depends on sensory preferences. As an OT, I use the gummies for oral-motor therapy. Now, as far as sneaking into a drink, you can open an adult capsule and pour in, however, this may alter the taste a bit. Juice Plus has a product called Juice Plus Complete, which is kind of like a powder meal replacement, but also includes the 17 fruit and veggie powders. There's chocolate flavor and vanilla. My boys drink Complete "chocolate" rice milk every morning and love it! They also take their gummies or chewables as well, but the Complete could be a good start. What's great about Juice Plus is it is WHOLE FOOD nutrition backed by reputable research. It's not a standard multi-vitamin with isolated nutrients - it's made from food - fruits, veggies and grains. We can talk more if you're interested. Or you can take a look at my website: www.HamreHealth.com
Take care and good luck!
Krystal

Krystal Hamre, MS, OTR
Occupational Therapist
Wellness Consultant - Juice Plus

arbonne makes an all natural vitamin packet that i add to my son's apple juice and he doesn't even know - it taste's fruity anyway and with the apple juice it tastes really good - anyway you can check out the contents at www.arbonne.com - they are individually packaged in little packets and i just open one each day and mix with his morning juice - i am an arbonne consultant and could send a few samples to try to see if he likes it before you bought - just e-mail me your address if you are interested - thanks - ____@____.com

I don't know about tasteless or odorless, but I do know that they have all sorts of things out now - there are gummy vitamins and gumballs. All sorts of things to make them think they're eating candy. Or there's the pediasure products that are like chocolate milk already or candy bars and have all the nutrients baby needs. Just a thought.

Juice Plus gummies are a great way to get added vitamins. They taste great and it's all natural. My daughter loves them and she considers them a treat! I feel good knowing that she's getting 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains everyday. My pediatrician recommended it to us and now I'm a distributor.

www.takejuiceplus4life.com

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Good luck!

I have actually used all three recommendations below and my kids love the VitaBears from Melaleuca the best. All three are great though. I have some Arbonne singles that I can send to you to try out if no one else has offered already. They make really good ice pops...

There's gummy vitamins by onesource - they taste, and look, like candy. Make sure you lock them up.

S.

As for your vitamin request, my kids prefer to take the Flinstones plain gummy vitamins, sour gummy ones, or they even have gumball that the child chews for a while. All 3 are available at any grocery/pharmacy store for under 10.00. My kids think they're getting a treat with their vitamins. Good luck!!!

Hello I am a mother of a 4 year old son who has speech delay and as well as mild autism, I have a home business partnered in with a leading company, called MELALEUCA THEY ARE ALL NATURAL EVERYTHING THEY HAVE OVER 305 PRODUCTS EVERYTHING FROM A-Z AND YES MOM THEY HAVE A CHILDS PRODUCT LINE, NOW LIKE YOU MY KIDS WERE IN NO WAY TAKING VITAMINS HAPPY TO REPORT THESE VITAMINS ARE GREAT AND GUESS WHAT HE DOESNT KNOW THEY ARE VITAMINS. SO HERES MY ADVICE CHECK IT OUT THE SITE THAT IS , IF YOU ARE INTERESTED YOU CAN PERSONALLY EMAIL ME BACK AT ____@____.com OR YOU CAN CALL ME AT ###-###-#### MY NAME IS MARGARET

they have kids gummy vitamins that taste like gummy bears.

Won't he eat the flintstones, or anything like that? They also have the vitamins that are like gummy bears and gum balls. I never bought them for my kids because I didn't want them to think that they were candy, but maybe that would help your little boy. Does he really need the vitamins, or can he just get his nutrition from his food?

I also give my son gummy bear vitamins that I got at Costco. He loves them.

L.,
Arbonne has a vitamin that you can dissolve in her water bottle and drink it like koolaid Its very good taste like cherry.Comes in little individual packet's grandbabies love it You can check it out at my web site valeriehampton.myarbonne.com Have a great day V.

I havent heard of any that can go in milk but my daughter really likes the gummy bears vitamins. She calls them candy. Hope this helps.

We are using JuicePlus, which is recommended by Dr. Sears. It's gummies that are better than vitamins. Our distributer is ____@____.com luck!

Have you tried the "gummy" vitamins? That is what my 4 year old son takes and he loves them! Also, can you tell me what echolalia is? My son is also speech delayed and gets speech therapy in the PPCD program at school, but has not been diagnosed either. I have never heard of that term??? I look forward to hearing from you :o)

N.

All three of my kids love the Gummy Vites. They taste exactly like a gummy bear, yummy! My oldest one, now 10, used to throw up anytime I would try to slip him a vitamin and he even loves them. I tried them myself and I have to admit I've even grabbed a couple when I felt like a little sweet something! You can get them at Sams but I'd try the smaller bottle first which you can get at Walmart/CVS, etc.

Good luck!

L., I commend you for going the natural way first.

You may want to try a product called Reliv Now for Kids. It comes in a chocolate or vanilla powder you mix with milk that has all the vitamins and minerals your son needs plus essential brain-building nutrients like DHA, PC, and PS. I have heard miracle stories about how it has changed children's lives. I just ordered some yesterday from Yolanda ###-###-####. My son's teacher is wanting him to be tested for ADD and I want to pursue a natural path before anything else. Yolanda's grandson had a learning disability and was even in a special class at school. Since taking Reliv, he is now getting straight A's and in a regular class. Please keep in touch and I'll let you know my results.

J.

A little about me: Work at home mom of 5 yr and 3 yr old boys.

As far as vitamins... does your daughter eat any yogurt or milk products that would have calcium??? sometime vitamins don't work.

As far as your son who is getting speech therapy.. ask the Pediatrician for a Neurological referral to see what the neurologist suggests... there are many types of casein free and gluten free diets on the internet that are available if that is the route you wish to take.

Just because he's echolalic does not mean he has Autism... give him time.. it's a good thing he does actually imitate what he hears.. that's how we learn.

Feel free to email me offline.. ____@____.com as I am an SLP who works with many children...

Hi L.,

My 4 year old son takes Juice PLUS+ and it is available in gummy form for toddlers like your son and mine. Because you are interested in natural/alternative healing, you might be interested in this product moreso than the vitamin supplements. Juice PLUS+ is made up of whole foods--it is NOT considered a vitamin. Basically, it is 17 fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that have been juiced, dried at low temps to perserve the phytonutrients, and put into capsules for adults, chewables for those who cannot swallow capsules, and gummy form for toddlers. There are NO added isolated vitamins, only the vitamins that naturally occur in the fruits and vegetables, but because it is the WHOLE fruit being processed, you get so much more than just the Vitamin A or C. Did you know that an apple has over 150 different phytonutrients?

Can you imagine your 4 year old consuming some beets, kale, spinach, carrots, parsley, broccoli, cabbage, tomato, rice bran, oat bran, apple, orange, pineapple, cranberry, peach, cherry and papaya every single day!

Juice PLUS+ is labeled gluten-free and approved for Kosher diets.

As for the sugar concern, there is just under 1 gram of sugar per gummy and the usual dosage for a 4 year old is three fruit and three veggie gummys for a total of 5 grams of sugar. The natural sweetners are corn syrup, beet powder, and clarified grape juice.

If you or anyone else is interested in learning more about Juice PLUS+, please feel free to call me at ###-###-####, visit my website at www.Veggies4Kids.com, or e-mail me at ____@____.com. I will be happy to show you the research behind Juice PLUS+ and offer you some samples, so you can determine whether your son would even take them.

My niece is a VERY picky eater, but she loves her Juice PLUS+ and takes them every day. You can also read more about Juice PLUS+ at http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t040501.asp. Dr. William Sears is a preeminent pediatrician, who personally takes Juice PLUS+ and recommends it for his patients as well. He is a big proponent of Attachment Parenting, if you have heard of that.

In any case, with your sons special needs, I would also want the product with the least amount of artifical additives such as dyes, etc. Good luck!

Will your son chew up a flinstone vitamin? Most kids that I know love them as much as candy. If not maybe you could try chocolate ovaltine or chocolate pediasure with his chocolate milk.

L. C.,

I sell aloe vera health products for a company called Forever Living Products. We have a multivitamin for kids that's orange and grape flavored and very tasty.

If you give me your geographical address, I'd be happy to send a brochure to you for you to view at your leisure. Thank you.

D. P., LMT
###-###-####
email: ____@____.com

I am pretty sure that if you go to GNC (General Nutrition Center), they may have something. If nothing tasteless or odorless, then they should have something with a candy or sweet taste to it. There is also vitamin gum. I saw that at Walgreen's. I tried Juice Plus with some kids I used to babysit. It was a big hit.

Hopefully you will find something that will work for you.

The kids vitamins with arbonne are the BEST... I make them into popsicles they have no perservatives no color all natural ect.... they also give them tons of vegtables and fruits that they dont get... i am so impressed with them.
You can get them 35% with a 29.00 membership that what i do. you can email me and i will mail you more information or you can go to my website... NOT because i need the sale just because there PERFECT.... you can order them there... www.athomebusiness.myarbonne.com L.

My 2 year old is allowed to take 1/2 of a vitamin, such as Flinstones. He will not chew it so I cut one up really fine and mix it in his oatmeal, cream of wheat, etc. If you prefer putting it in a drink, you can do the same. I mix it in hot food because the heat dissolves it. You can also try a coffee grinder to get it to powder form so it may mix well in a cold drink.

My kids will eat the regular vitamins, but I recently bought the Jessica Seinfeld book, "Deceptively Delicious" that Oprah had on a few weeks ago and it is working great. She uses vegetable and fruit purees to hide in recipes. My pickiest eater is obsessed with the banana bread that has whole grain, and 2 cups of puree (1/2 c. is vegetable) and only 1/2 cup of sugar for the whole recipe. My boys also love the brownies and applesauce muffins. We have also tried the chicken nuggets, beef stew and chicken salad. Now that I have made the purees I will add them to other stuff as well. It may not be a complete solution for you, but every little bit helps!

I have an EXTREMELY picky 6 year old (only eats 5 foods) and he will take the gummi vitamins NOT coated in sugar. They must taste a lot like fruit snacks. You can buy them at Walmart, HEB, Walgreens, etc... Good Luck!

My son uses a liquid vitamins and minerals that are all natural. He loves the taste cuz they are naturally sweet but i also have put it in his juice and you can not taste it at all. You have to order it on line it is called from a company called TriLight. They have great help over the phone also if you have questions about what vitamins would be good. I use the BlueGreen Minerals for my son. A bottle of the BlueGreen minerals is about $25 but you only use a 1/4 ts. for every 25lb.
The web site is trilightherbs.com
hope this helps

My daughter is very picky. I use Shaklee vitamins for the entire family. They make an infant/toddler powder formula that can be mixed into beverages.
Shaklee is a great product!

Have you heard of Juice Plus+? They are great vitamins/supplements and they come in gummy chewables for the kids. I brought I sample home the first time for my girls. The second day they fought over who was going to get the last two gummies.

I got my supplements from Marla Collins: ###-###-####
www.youreasysolution.com

Give it a try and see how it works.

Oti
www.shoppingforyourbaby.com

Hi L.,

Did you try the Flintstone or Spiderman gummy vitamins? My 4 year old loves them, he calls them candy.

Best Wishes,

C.

C. Roeschen
The Trinity Group
Keller Williams
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Instead of putting vitamins in the chocolate milk, use Instant Breakfast powder to make chocolate milk. It has lots of vitamins and minerals. My daughter loves it; my mom would make me drink a glass every morning because I was so adverse to eating breakfast.

We use the gummy bear vitamins from The Vitamin Shop for my extremely picky 5 year old. She will take no other.

My 2yr old is very picky as well and I have found that the Gummie Vites are the easiest thing to give her because she thinks its candy. They taste like gummie bears. Good luck, hope it helps.

http://www.juiceplus.com/nsa/pages/Welcome.soa

See the link above. I'm not sure if this is odorless or tasteless but I have heard good things about this. I have yet to try it myself but I have been considering as well. I have a very picky 6 year old that also needs extra vitamins. Good Luck

Like everyone else said, try gummies vitamins. My son takes them and yes they do taste like candy so give him one and hide the bottle. You can also try Ovaltine. Some say it doesn't taste like chocolate milk, but to me and my 7 yr old. Tastes just like any other bunny rabbit milk. (Nesquick uses the bunny so he used to think all chocolate milk was bunny rabbit milk, just kinda stuck as he got older. LOL)

I grind up Juice Plus chewables (with a coffee grinder)for my beyond picky daughter with autism. I started literally putting a pinch in her milk, so she didn't reject it, then moved to 1/8 tsp, etc.. Now I get a whole tsp. in there per milk. It is all about moving slow, so they don't reject it because once they reject it, you can forget tryin again. I am happy to talk to you more about it if you would like.

Also, for the echolalia, have you looked into Therapeutic Listening. It works on their auditory processing, and helped us with echolalia.

J.
www.juiceplus.com/+jh72997

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