Kid's Vitamins

Updated on October 06, 2006
R.S. asks from Milford, CT
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My daughter Maya, 26 months old, is a picky eater. Some days she simply just drinks milk and no solids. I'm contemplating whether or not to start giving her vitamins, are there any side effects if I do? Any suggestions on what vitamins I should give?

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N.G.

answers from Buffalo on

My younger son was the same way. I started giving him Flinstone Vitmanes and now he eats all the time. This is N. for kids thst age. Don't worry soon enough you will be asking her to stop.

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T.V.

answers from Boston on

I am a Mom of six including two that are grown, one going into her senior year year and 8 year old triplets. When my oldest was two she went through weeks of eating nothing but bananas. I have since learned it really has nothing to do with pickiness but it is what is called "jags". Sometimes kids go through simply because their bodies need sometimes. One of my triplets would drink 50-60oz milk a day and eat nothing or next to nothing. At eight she would still rather drink her calories. If you find that she always prefers liquids over solids, see if she likes dry solids better. Things like crackers ans cheerios. If that is the case there may be some sensory issues.

T.

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T.D.

answers from Hartford on

My son was the same way. My doc told me to give him a flinstones chewable and don't worry she will get tired of just milk and start trying new things. I thought my son was going to only eat pizza until his wedding.

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M.M.

answers from New York on

Hi, my name is M. and I am a mom of 2 children, a 3 year old (picky eater) and a 15 month old who eats everything she sees. My son was 14 weeks premature so I was nervous about everything, especially his eating habits. He wouldn't eat anything (he still is really picky but eats a little more), and I was going nuts! I even had nutritionists come to my house twice. I was about to have a nervous breakdown. I started to give him the toddler strength of the Flinstones vitamins. He thought it was a piece of candy so he ate it like anything. The nutritionists told me to try Carnations instant breakfast with milk because that had lots of vitamins (one package broken up into 2 9oz. cups - powder with milk). That is what kept him going, because like you baby he only drank milk and would not try anything.

I hope I helped a little and if you have anymore questions don't hesitate to ask. Good Luck!!!

M.

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Y.

answers from New York on

Resham,

I sent this out to my circle of friends regarding flouride. vitamins are one thing, but be careful with vitamins your doctor might give you that contain flouride.

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Chronology of Fluoride in Drinking Water Content

April 2006 - EWG NEWS RELEASE:
Harvard Study: Strong Link Between Fluoridated Water and Bone Cancer in Boys

http://www.ewg.org/issues/fluoride/20060405/index.php

Department Chair With Industry Ties Misrepresented Results to Federal Authorities -- Boys who drink water with levels of fluoride considered safe by federal guidelines are five times more likely to have a rare bone cancer than boys who drink unfluoridated water, according to a study by Harvard University scientists published in a peer-reviewed journal.

March 2006 - EWG NEWS RELEASE:
National Academy Calls for Lowering Fluoride Limits in Tap Water

http://www.ewg.org/issues/fluoride/20060322/index.php

EWG Analysis of Government Data Finds Babies Over-Exposed to Fluoride in Most Major U.S. Cities -- A new report from the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concludes that the current allowable level of fluoride in tap water is not protective of the public health and should be lowered, citing serious concerns about bone fractures and dental fluorosis, a discoloration and weakening of the enamel of the teeth that the committee noted is associated with other adverse health impacts.

September 2005 - EWG NEWS RELEASE:
Environmental groups petition EPA to retract fluoride pesticide tolerances on food

http://www.ewg.org/issues/fluoride/20050921/index.php

Two national environmental organizations, Environmental Working Group and Beyond Pesticides, joined with the Fluoride Action Network in challenging the safety of new food tolerances issued by the EPA for the fluoride based pesticide, sulfuryl fluoride. This action marks growing concern among mainstream scientists and environmental organizations that total exposure to fluoride, from water, food, and dental uses like toothpaste and rinses, is not safe for vulnerable populations, particularly young children.

June 2005 - EWG REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION:
Harvard Fluoride Findings Misrepresented?

http://www.ewg.org/issues/fluoride/20050627/index.php

Newly obtained documents show that the chairman of the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard told federal officials unequivocally that there was no relationship between fluoride and bone cancer, but a grant-funded publication he cites found exactly the opposite.

June 2005 - EWG REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION:
EWG Petitions Government to Evaluate Cancer-Causing Potential Of Fluoride in Tap Water

http://www.ewg.org/issues/fluoride/20050606/index.php

Citing a strong body of peer-reviewed evidence, EWG today asked the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to list fluoride in tap water in its authoritative Report on Carcinogens, based on its ability to cause a rare form of childhood bone cancer, osteosarcoma, in boys.

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C.

answers from Hartford on

I highly recommend discussing vitamins with a doctor (pediatrician or nutritionist) before you start administering anything. "Picky eating" can often be an indicator of a host of problems. In my son's case, it was a result of his sesory problems related to his autism as well as numerous food allergies. He refuses chewable vitamins, so I use a liquid vitamin with iron. I tried the Polyvisol, but the odor and taste were very strong. He currently takes a liquid multivitamin by Schiff that he likes. I usually mix a half dose with his morning juice and a half dose with his afternoon juice. Juices will help synthesize the vitamins, while milk will actually block the absorption of iron and other minerals. Good luck - I know how frustrating meal time can get. More importantly, don't let anyone make you feel like a bad mom because your child is not constantly eating.

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J.

answers from Philadelphia on

I have a 3 year old daughter (her name is Maya as well!). She's been taking a chewable prescription child's vitamin with fluoride since she was about 18 months old. Prior to that we had liquid vitamins for her, also a prescription. There shouldn't be any side effects with vitamins - just check with her doctor and they'll help you select the appropriate one for her.

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J.K.

answers from Boston on

Vitamins can be a good addition to your child's diet, but she should be getting as much nutrition from her food as she can. I know its hard sometimes because kids refuse to eat certain things, but maybe getting really creative with food presentation would spark her interest. If you do decide to use the vitamins, you should be aware that there are certain levels of nutrients in the body that need to be regulated. Too much of a particular vitamin can cause more damage than you think. If you want to check it out, I am referring to Tolerable Upper Intake Levels. There is a guideline set by the FDA to make sure you don't get too much of one thing. I am a nutrtion student at UNH, and just learned about these things. I never would have known, and it is pretty interesting. Good luck with your little one.

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A.

answers from Philadelphia on

I don't think that you will hurt her by giving her a kid's multi-vitamin, but I wouldn't think that is the all out answer to the problem. So keep encouraging her to eat, offer her a fruit flavored vitamin (we get the Flinstones ones I think, and my 29 month old thinks they're candy).

Even though she's not getting a whole lot of varied nutrition from her food, I wouldn't exceed one vitamin a day.

You said she'll drink milk - what about giving her a vanilla or chocalate Pediasure drink? That's fortified with additional nutrients to bridge the nutritional gaps.

Good luck!

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L.W.

answers from New York on

ive been giving my son vitamins as well (spiderman) of course the only way to get them to eat them. but before i did i checkec with the doctor just to be sure. but as far as i know there isnothing unsafe but taking to many (iron ) can have side effects. check with the DOC first.

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A.D.

answers from San Francisco on

My son is 2 1/2 years old and for some reason has decided he doesn't like veggies. What a surprise, right? Well, the doctor told us last week that a vitamin would be fine. They say they grow out of the pickiness, and a vitamin isn't mandatory, but if it makes me feel better to do it. So, I went out and got the Flinstones Complete and cut it in half. He likes it and I know he is getting some of the nutrients I can't otherwise get in his system. Maybe when he is eating a little better at eating we will stop, but for now, it gives me piece of mind.

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D.G.

answers from New York on

I would start giving them to her, I don't think there is any side effects. In addition, have you thought about PediaSure--it provides daily vitamins as well.

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A.

answers from Portland on

Hello. I am the proud mother of three very lively children ages 6, 4 and 2. Busy, busy, busy! When my second child started to be a really picky eater I had to get more creative. Like your little one, he was going all day on mostly liquids...Like apple juice and milk. Our doctor said that he would eat when he is hungry enough. I didn't like the sound of that so I decided to get more creative. I thought that if I got my son involved in the cooking process maybe he would want to eat the things that he was helping to make. Just simple things, like english muffin pizzas or tossed salad. Sometimes I let him help with other cooking by letting him stir the batter, or pour in the ingrediants. The point is to get them involved. Whatever your preference is, they just seem to like getting their hands dirty. They may not always eat everything that you make together but it's a good way to spend some quality time together and also to get to know what makes them excited to eat! Happy cooking!

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E.K.

answers from Allentown on

Hi R..

Hope all is well. I would suggest running this pass your pediatrician. It's not unusual that your toddler is a picky eater, though. There is a multi-vit that your doc can write a prescription for that I like. It's called Poly Viflor. It's got everything your toddler need plus added flourine for good teeth development. As a native New Yorker I was accustomed to the water being treated with. When our NY docs found out that we were moving to PA they gave recommended it to us. It's mild on the tummy and meets some nutritional needs.

FYI don't give medications containing iron with milk as that will cause graying of the teeth.

Do I seem obsessed with teeth? LOL

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C.M.

answers from New York on

When my eleven year old was two we had the same problems, but his doctor would tell me as long as he is growing and gaining weight, not to worry. So I paid attention to his weight and growing spurts and he now nearly eats me out of house and home! There is a liquid product on the market, but I cannot remember the name. I will ask around and get back to you.

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T.

answers from Allentown on

Hi R.,

I think I have already responded to a request from you. But here I go again. I hope you don't get tired of hearing about Arbonne. My son is 41/2 and lives on air. We have a very difficult time feeding him. He refuses to eat anything. I can't believe that he has the energy he has. Anyway...if you check out my website. www.endlessopportunities.myarbonne.com You can look at the children's chewable vitamins. My son gets two of them a day. They have no artificial flovers, colors or preservatives. That is why I use all the arbonne products. If you would like to get more info. about any of the products especially the vitamins; I can email you the ingredients list. Let me know. Good luck with your finicky eater and know that you are not alone.

T. Geist

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S.K.

answers from New London on

Hi R., my kids always eat so well that I never had to give them any vitamins. I know that my friend's kids are very picky eaters and her pediatrician told her that it wouldn't hurt to give them a chewable daily vitamin. She gives them Flinstones vitamins. Her kids are older though- so you should probably give your daughter's pediatrician a call to double check on dosage.
Another option is to give her Pediasure shakes or Ensure shakes. I know that those are for younger children and she would probably benefit from the fat and calories she'd get from the shake too! Especially if she's not eating as much as she should. She might really like them- they do come in chocolate! :)
I hope this was helpful! It is so frustrating when your kid won't eat properly! You feel like it's your job as her mom to make her eat!
Good luck!
-S.

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K.M.

answers from Philadelphia on

First did address these concern with your doctor, because my grandaughter is a very picky eater. And I thought because she was drinking alot of milk she be alright, but her doctor told me she was drinking to much milk, then he ran some blood work on her to check her level and recommended we give her liquid'
iron, but she wouldn't take it. So we decided to her vitamins
it increase her appetite somewhat, But there only certain foods
she eats. So we give her what she like even if couple times a
day, a least we know she eating. My granddaughter is 5yrs though,and when she hungry she'll will tell us. But we make her eat a least two meals a day even if a grilled cheese, pizza
cereal, bacon, frenh fries these are the foods she likes best
and vegetable she most his corn.

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M.M.

answers from York on

As a mother whose son is also extremely picky when it comes to food, I'm a huge supporter of vitamins. When my son was that young our pediatrician subcribed a liquid vitamin to put in his drinks, and now he's on to chewables. You should probably contact your pediatrician for his/her recommendation.

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S.F.

answers from Atlanta on

I have both my 3 year old and 3 month old( @ pediatricians suggestion due to nursing) on Polyvisol by Enfamil. They are liquid and can be put into drinks. My 3 year old has been on them since she was 6 months old w/ no adverse affects.

S.

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J.R.

answers from New York on

I'm a mom of two also (Sarah, 8 & David, 2). I give both of my kids prescription vitamins which I get from their doctor. The only problem that I found with both of my kids is that they would get an upset stomach, so I started giving them a small glass of milk at about 8pm with the vitamin. Giving it to them overnight works a lot better. Good luck and speak to your doctor.

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C.J.

answers from Harrisburg on

Ok...my daughter is a year old, and I am having the same problems...I ended up starting too doctor up the milk, with tahini, and molasses, and soya powder...etc...I would go to avatars grocery, and speak with Karen, she is the master at that stuff...Only speak with her....I found that if i offer my daughter 3 meals, and 4 snacks a day, she eats better then i do....so basicly she is eating something every 2 hrs....she will never be hungary.Honestly no actual vitamin is safe, but adding alternitives like inhanced soy milk, nutritional yeast, and all antural food items are indeed safe.

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J.B.

answers from Allentown on

I would definitely have your daughter start taking vitamins. I went to the health food store and bought some all natural vitamins for my children. I can't remember the name of them, but Queens Natural Foods in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania Ave) has a whole childrens section and they are very helpful and knowledgable.

The only side effect I am aware of is the iron in them might have a tendancy to make your daughter constipated. Altough, at her age- she might be past that.

I currently provide childcare to a child who takes all natural vitamins and he loves the taste and his mom swears by them. I've had other children in my care who have also taken all natural vitamins and the moms all say that the natural ingredients are better and easier to digest than other vitamins. All the ingredients are derived from plant extracts and their are no artificial sweeteners in these vitamins.

Hope this helps!

J.
Tiny Tots Family Childcare, Bethlehem, PA

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A.

answers from Washington DC on

R.,
My son was a super picky eater. If it wasn't Dino nuggets,hot dogs or pizza he wasn't interested. My mother-in-law actually told me that she was afraid he would stave to death because he didn't eat like the other grandkids.(Thank goodness she lives in Canada!!) He is now 3 and eats anything you put in front of him. I do limit sweets since that can deter them from eating other foods such a veggies. Kids will eat when they are hungry. Limit the milk since that will fill up her little tummy. I also let him pick out his own vitamins.
At her age she should be able to eat 1/2 of a toddlers vitamin.

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T.T.

answers from Hartford on

I have the same issue with my son. He just turned 5 this Sept. and he is very picky about eating meats and pasta. Although he has started eating somethings ( if we sit there and watch him eat it) he is still a chicken nuggets, mac and cheese type of child. I started giving him vitamins when he was about 3. He takes Gummy Vites. They're just like gummy bears but they are a multi- vitamin. You can get them from CVS or any drug store or grocery store.

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N.L.

answers from New York on

hi,

you should really discuss the vitamins with your pediatrician. My daughter is 13 months old and she has prescription vitamins. there can be a danger if the right ones are not used.
N.

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L.

answers from Providence on

Hi R.,
I have two little guys--one 25 months & the other 7 months. Neither are picky eaters--lucky me. I have a few friends who also have kids around 2--some picky eaters and others not. What I have observed about the differences in picky vs. non-picky eaters is mainly the approach the parent takes to feeding them. (This observation may not apply to you)I always have given my 2 year old the same meals that we eat--pasta w/broccoli rabe, salad, whatever--and he doesn't get "choices" for meals. He also helps me prepare meals and wants to taste everything (I encourage this)--raw onions, jalepeno peppers, garlic, everything. I always have a fruit or vegetable with everything we eat. Maybe before you try vitamins you might try cutting back on the milk, it can be very filling & hate to say it & not that you want to starve her, hunger can be a motivating factor. If she's all filled up on milk maybe she just isn't hungry. Talk to your pediatrician too! Good luck! Oh, almost forgot...I don't make a big deal out of it if--rarely happens--he refuses a food...seems to only encourage my son as he likes the control!

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N.

answers from Boston on

Might-a-mins...yes!! That is what we use also. My kids love the taste of it and it doesn't have the fillers that chewables have.

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D.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

I agree with previous comments. I think it is very hard to get toddlers to eat everything they need too. Try to think of it more of what they eat for the week rather than servings per day. This allows for the healthy grazing habits of a toddler. I started all three of my children (6,4,18mths) on vitamins when they were about 13 months and not nursing as frequently. I love Shaklee brand vitamins because I know they are getting what they need! THey have a powder you can mix or chewables that taste great (my 18 mth old can chew them!). Good luck. Email me if you need advice on the Shaklee products! D.

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C.M.

answers from York on

My daughter is the same age and having the same problem. I actually took her to the dr's last week because of it, beacause this has been ongoing for months. I wish I had talked to the Dr sooner. I found out that she had a form on chronic constipation. She was having bowel movements everyday, but they were very firm. THe Dr. informed me that her intestines were moving slowly, and because of this she was filling up quickly. She just wasn't hungry, because there was no room. He had me put a 1/4 tsp of liquid colace in her milk for a week. Also, after about 2 days, I had to give her a suppository. This got things moving, and after about 4 days of being on the colace, she finally started eating. She almost has a healthy appetite again. So, if I were you, I would consider asking your DR.

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I.V.

answers from Reading on

Yes, you can start giving them multivitamins as soon as they are off breastmilk or formula. If you go to your local health food store you can find the children whole food based vitmains with minerals. Do not get the artifical colored and flavored one from grocery stores, walmart etc...
Where do you live?
Hope this helps.
I.

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E.

answers from Hartford on

i've been giving both of my kids (2 and 3 1/2 ) vitamins when they were alot younger than 26 months (picky eaters or not) - no side effects

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M.A.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I feel your pain. My son is 28 months old and just like your daughter. He would only drink milk all day if I allowed him and sometimes it does seem that he does just that. The good news is that as long as she has energy to play and things, she is not starving. My son's pediatrician told me that I should limit his milk intake to 16-24 oz. daily. He said that drinking more than that causes him to get all his calories from the milk making him less hungry and therefore less willing to eat anything else. I have tried this and amazingly it has helped a bit, but not dramatically. I've since added plan B. In addition to limiting milk, I put out his breakfast in the morning. When he is done at the table, I set it on his chair and he actually comes back to it throughout the morning picking at it until it is finished. Apparently, he is just to busy to finish at one sitting or he just fills up and empties quickly. Who knows with a 2 yr old. Anyway, I do the same at lunch and then after his nap for a snack he has some Pediasure, which he now asks for as much, if not more than milk. I figure it gives him some of the nutrients he is lacking. (I tried the Pro Visol, but like everything else he hated it and I refuse to fight that battle on a daily basis when he loves the Pediasure) Also, I try to add some good foods to his favorites. I find that adding just the very tips, the seeded ends, of the broccoli to his grilled cheese or shells and cheese works. Also, finely chopped baby spinach to his cheese quesadillas. Not so much that he "tastes" it, because then he spits it out, but enough that I feel better. Basically, he will eat most things with cheese and those are the easiest foods to mix a bit of nutrition in with, even if it is just for my peace of mind. Good Luck!!

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R.S.

answers from Providence on

My son gave me the same problem. There were days that he simply lived on milk. It was just a short lived phase. Anyway, they have a chewable vitamin for 2 & 3 year olds that my doctor recommended. They're my first flinstone vitatmins, not sure if there are other brands out there. Good luck

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C.

answers from Bangor on

You should definitely get serious about vitamins. I am amazed at how less often my grandchildren are sick compared to other children in the family and I know it's because of the vitamins. My daughter was in in the medical field (she's a stay at home mom of 3 now) and studied kids vitamins before choosing them. She gives them a liquid vitamin every day that she gets from the internet (I also get my "adult" vitamins there) www.letsinc.net Good luck!

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N.A.

answers from Boston on

If you go to or call Nature's Pathways in Sturbridge she is very knowledgable about vitamins and she's more on the wholistic side of things (which makes me trust her more) I'm sure she could answer all your ?'s.
Good Luck!
N.

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P.

answers from New York on

Hi R.,

My name is P. Antonio. I live in trumbull with my husband and my son, Luca, who just turned one years old last week!

As for your request, I'm a Health and Wellness Educator and happen to know of a great multi-vitamin for toddlers your child's age and older. It's called Might-a-mins and the best part about it is it's drinkable and can be mixed in with juices, milks, etc..and it does have a great taste kid's love! It's a better delivery system than any pill ot tablet b/c it's a powdered ISOTONIC form. It goes right into the small intestine, where nutrients need to be absorbed in order for it to work. Most pills or solid vitamins don't have that capability therefore, we lose vital nutrients. It's a vegetarian product, with no wheat or soy, therefore, also elimnating the possibilities of any allergins. It also contains probiotics, which helps to be able to break down food better. If your interested in obtaining this or getting more info., please feel free to call me at ###-###-####.

Good Luck and Enjoy the rest of your summer!

P.

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P.

answers from Providence on

Hi R.~Our pediatrician told us that their stomachs are still so small at that age & don't need to eat much. So, try to make healthy choices available for when hunger does hit them...you could try making shakes w/fruit to get the vitamins into her diet or, for protein, peanut butter. Sorry, I don't have knowledge about vitamins.

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J.

answers from Boston on

make sure the vitamins do not have iron in them. too much iron can make children under 3 very sick. If your doctor thinks she is iron deficient they will prescribe the right amount for her body weight. I give both of my boys daily multiple vitamins just to cover any they might miss that day - making sure the 2 year old only gets 1/2 a tablet. my oldest 6 yrs eats well and will try new things, however my 2 year old is very picky and would be happy with just milk! my pediatrician was not worried but i consulted a nutritionist anyway - she helped me a lot! Turns out there are a lot of sneaky ways to slip nutrition in. Also, there was the way i was doing things like snuggling up with milk first thing in the morning etc. that are no no's. Insurance paid for the nutritionist's visit and i only needed to see her 2x to get results. if you decide to consult a nutritionist make sure they are pediatric nutritionists and before your first appointment, track everything that goes into her mouth for about 5-7 days. make a chart that records time of day, food, meal time, who was there etc... hopes this helps... you may want to ask about a drink called Pediatric 28 - has a lot of calories and nutrients it needs to be ordered by a store or pharmacy. good luck!

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R.M.

answers from Pittsburgh on

R.

our doc says as long as they get what they need in a week's time it's fine - some days they'll eat and others not - but, we use the new gummie vitamins and our daughter loves them - esp. the ones shaped like princesses - these are also softer so not such a worry about getting then down.

Rene'

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M.B.

answers from New York on

Hi...

YOu can talk to your pediatrician. A good childrens chewable vitamin from the HEALTH FOOD STORE, with all natural ingrediants, would be fine though.

Most kids that age have finicky eating habbits. You could try just offering smaller amounts of fluids with small amounts of food. My son went thru a stage where he only wanted SALADS!! And they seem to get their 'four food groups' in over the course of a week or two, not every day. Search a few natural foods for kids sites to see what foods are really beneficial for kids.

Offer her smaller amounts of milk, and if she wants more, tell her ALL DONE! Food's turn!

Before you know it, she will be eating you out of house and home anyway! LOL

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M.D.

answers from Providence on

Hi
I give my daughter gummy vitamins and also on days when i think she isnt eating right i suplement her milk w. a pediasure. She loves chocolate milk so she thinks the pediasure is a chocolate milk. If you cant get your child to actually take a vitamin they sell liquid vitamins by Enfamil called Poly Vi Sol. It is a multi vitamin in liquid form you can put in the milk

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K.

answers from Philadelphia on

My 20 month old son is a picky eater sometimes, too. I give him gerber liquid vitamins (I found them at Rite Aid, but I'm sure other stores have them too). He LOVES PediaSure shakes. I buy them, or the store brand at Giant supermarket. I haven't seen any side effects from either.

My older son took vitamin drops that had iron in them because he was mildly anemic. They discolored his teeth (his dentist confirmed it was from the iron). So if your child is otherwise healthy, I would recommend vitamin drops without iron.

On a side note...try Boca or Gardenburger veggie burgers & chicken patties. My kids are picky with meat, but they'll always eat the veggie products.
Good luck!

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S.

answers from Boston on

Talk to your pediatrician. When our daughter turned one year old, our pediatrician put her on a liquid multivitamin with fluoride (our drinking water is not fluorinated). Also try cutting down on the amount of milk she drinks (which is filling). Try replacing some of the milk with water and offering more snacks. Good luck!

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K.L.

answers from Washington DC on

There are plenty of children's vitamins on the market. Just pay attention to the age recommendations on the packages.

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D.D.

answers from Allentown on

Hi R., I'm D.. My baby girl is 2 and 1/2:) She loves the pediasure drinks and sometimes it seems that is all that she will have in a day. I have found that she loves fruit. As far as vitamins, Flintstones are great. My little one doesn't have any problem at all chewing them either. Usana is another company that I buy vitamins from too. They also have great products. Good luck and have a great day.

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H.S.

answers from New York on

Talk to your pediatrician, and maybe try pediasure. My son doesn't eat much either, we do milkshakes with pediasure. Or try fast food. Noy my first choice, but when they haven't eaten in a couple days..... also I have learned not to stress about it. They will eat when they are hungry.

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S.L.

answers from Buffalo on

Hi R.,

I have started giving my 7.5 month old Daughter (Navah) vitamins. I went to a local health food store and found a number of options that I found were better than anything the Dr. could prescribe. I use "Nature's Plus Baby Plex". It is sugar free and lists the sources of each part of the supplement. There are also many "whole food" based vitamins that are bio-available, meaning your child's body will better assimilate the vits & minerals. Most vitamins on the market for children and adults are made in a fashion that make it difficult for our bodies to benefit. Thus, we literally end up flushing most of the supplement down the toilet. So, I feel it is best to spend a few extra dollars on a product that is more beneficial.
Much Love & Peace,
s

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A.B.

answers from York on

Hello R.. I hope this HELPS. I highly recommend staying away from chewable vitamins b/c it has been found that they eat away at the enamel of children's teeth. We had to revert to a different type of vitamin called Might-A-Mins.Here is a list of ingredients in the vitamins she takes. Vitamin A 2500iu, B1 .75mg, B2 .85mg, B3 10mg, B5 5mg, B6 1mg, B12 3mcg, Folic Acid 200mcg, Biotin 33mcg, C 30mg, D3 200iu, E 15iu, Calcium 30mg, Chromium 10mcg, Copper(Gluconate) 182.2mcg, Iodine 75mcg, Magnesium(Carbonate) 5mg, Manganese(Sulfate) 1mg, Selenium 20.6mcg, Silicon(Dioxide) 20mg, Potasium 120mg, and Zinc 5.7mg. Might-A-Mins also includes proprietary phytonutrient blends that include 1040mg total of Apple, Brockley, Carrot, Cranberry, Grape, Kiwi, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Peach, Pineapple, Rasberry, Spinich, Strawberry, & Tomato.

The other problem with chewable/gummie vitamins, the stomach needs to digest and process it. Once this happens, the vitamins are so broken down, they never get the full effect of them. With Might-A-Mins, they are Isotonic which means within 5-10 minutes, the vitamins are in your blood stream with 98% obsorbtion rate. This comes in a powder form that you mix with 2oz of water. When mixed correctly, it has the same pH has the other fluids in your body so your stomach doesn't recognize it as a "foreign" item to be digested. If you or anyone else is interested in more information, let me know. There is a very good friend of ours (Joe) that has his entire family on nothing but Isotonic vitamins. (All Drinkable)

Thanks and hope this helps,
~A.

You can reach Joe at ###-###-####.

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C.W.

answers from Providence on

Hi R.,
There are vitamin companies that make chewable vitamins for children ages 2-3. My children have both enjoyed "Flinstones" brand. I have purchased them both in CVS & Stop & Shop. I'm sure there are plenty of other stores that carry the age formula you need. The other thing you could do is cut a regular childrens multi vitamin in half. Hope this helps.

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A.C.

answers from Boston on

Hi-I have a 28 month old son who is a picky eater. Because of this, I started him on a multi-vitamin when he turned 2. I use the Flinstones First Vitamins (comes in a yellow box). They are the only ones I have found that do not need to be broken in half for a 2 year old.

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K.

answers from Philadelphia on

Talk to your pediatrition. Find out if your water has flouride and if not a poly flouride/ vitamin mix is whatI used for my daughters Sarah 10 & Chrissie 3. NO PROBLEMS. Try applesauce/
pureed food/ grilled cheese and reward with a healthy freezepop if she eats a little solids. Potty training is around the corner so HANG IN THERE! They grow up so fast and I love your attitude. VITAMINS ARE GOOD.

GOOD LUCK,

K.

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R.T.

answers from Philadelphia on

We get Kangavites from the health food store (Big Bear in Morrisville). My son loves them and they are much lower in sugar than the Flintstones and other supermarket brands.

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B.M.

answers from New York on

Hi, Relax. Breathe. As long as a child is drinking and not losing weight she's fine. I know what a picky eater can do. My son wouldn't drink milk or formula. I was completed unnerved by it. My pediatrician suggested 1/2 teaspoon of Karo syrup in each bottle. He is now 23 years old, 6/2" and a human vacuum. These younger years are when children are choosing their likes and dislikes. They will probably change their minds often about "good" and "yucky" foods. Don't stress.

Vitamins are a great but your pediatrician is the one who can recommend the best one for your child. There are so many out there that the choices are mind boggling. My daughter liked anything with a character on it. This was not the best way to choose. At age two I started her on Flinstones vitamins and she loved them. She's 12 now and we read all the lables together.

Remember the most important thing is that there is no weight loss. Talk to your pediatrician about vitamins and don't stress it. Sounds like you are a concerned and loving mom. You'll make the right choices.

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D.C.

answers from Harrisburg on

you should try that Pedisure stuff, i hear that works well

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L.R.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi R. I am L. a 35 yr old mom with 4 children and a grandson. My children didn't have a problem with eating,but the grandson is definitly a picky eater. His Dr. said pediasure should do the trick.

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S.

answers from Philadelphia on

i have similar experience... my daughter is 26 months old... she just likes to drink milk still... very little solid food.
In fact she eats paractically nothing - i give her pro visol multivitamin drops for infants and toddlers by enfamil. my pediatrician recommended this vitamin.
By the way are you from india/pakistan?? just guessing... do respond to [email protected]____.com - would love to hear from you.

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M.

answers from New York on

i would give her vitamins if shes not getting it from other places.. what does your dr say?? if you child is doing days w/o food then I would limit the milk and start offering water and foods, put a plate out for her at every meal and snack out at certain times of the day so she knows it there (though you might do this already) sounds like shes replacing food with liquids (milk is filling)and I would check with your dr.

good luck

M.

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R.A.

answers from New York on

I too am a working Mother - but I work out of my house -- Once I spent more time with my son his eating habits and vitamin intake improved. We are all stressed out and busy from work, only to come home with children who need attention; at the same time do not understand that mommy is tired and not wonderwomen!!! Take some time at first when you come home and then spend a half hour or so asking them how their day was...
Then explain to them that you need to unwind a bit, but, want there help in making dinner!! Give them some odd jobs and be a part of you and i am sure you will see a difference. It worked for me.

They are young so make them understand in their language. Try it.
R.
Stayin Home and Lovin it!
http://robertajordan.stayinhomeandlovinit.com

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S.J.

answers from Dover on

Hi R.! Iam S. of Indian origin! AND my 10 month old is also Maya! I am a first time mom and have experienced the same picky eating with my daughter. My pedi did not recommend vitamins for her since her weight and measurements were consistant with the national averages but I have been giving her vitamins and her hunger has increased and she is eating more regular meals. I dont encourage obesity or over eating but my daughter is far from that! I would strongly recommend vitamins my mom gave me vitamins all my life and I still take them and make my hubby take them too and we have both been extremely blessed with health. Good luck!

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S.Z.

answers from Providence on

As a mom of a picky eater, who is now 10. I know exactly where you are coming from. I know she is young, but some of the "food fights" comes from control. I know you mentioned a new brother. Some kids seem to adjust well, but have other issues that you may not attribute to the adjustments. Try offering two choices at mealtimes. For my son it was the meal or Boost, a nutritional drink. You could try Pediasure or one of the other drinks fortified with vitamins and nutrients. They come in chocolate and vanilla and all sorts of flavors, but definitly refrigerate them first.

These days he is still very picky but he actually eats a few vegi's and some fruit. They will most likely always be picky, but as long as you stay on top of it you should be fine. I have 4 children, and it is funny, two are picky (10 and 26 months) and two eat almost anything (11 and 15 months). Just the way the cookie crumbles I guess.

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J.S.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hello, My daughter is 25 months and I really like the first years flinstones vitamins, my daughter did as well. But when I took her to the doctor for her check up she told me that she needed a vitamin with floride in it and i was givin a prescription for vitamins with floride in them. My daughter does not seem to know the differance.

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