Vitamin Supplements for One Year Old

Updated on February 19, 2010
P.B. asks from Davenport, IA
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Need recommendation on brand of vitamin supplement. My doctor told me that my one olds iron level is low and recommended that I giver her a vitamin supplement. I am not sure which kind to use. Thanks for your help.

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answers from Dubuque on

Shaklee vitamins are great -

There was a report awhile back about lead in children's vitamins done by the FDA - You might do a google search on that to see if the report is still available. Shaklee's vitamins are thoroughly tested and safe.

I do sell the products - if you are interested - let me know and I will give you a discount.


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answers from Lincoln on

I use the gummy Flinestone vitamins. I have to cut them up in 3rd's b/c they are kind of hard for my 2 1/2 to chew. She does good with them.

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answers from Indianapolis on

Be cautious of companies that are NOT regulated by the FDA. Most companies (especially those advertising primarily via the internet) are not. You can verify by visiting The Federal Trade Commission is often shutting down companies for making false/misleading claims on products.

I'd ask the pediatrician for more clarification on what is an appropriate amount/brand for a child that young. Ours still has our kids on only 1/2 multivitamin/day. Our kids are 22 months and 3.5 years.

We get the good old-fashioned Flintstone vitamins at Costco to help save on the cost.

If your pediatrician can't give you good guidance, ask a pharmacist. They usually have access to information on what quantities are best at what age and will help guide you.

Here's some information from the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding supplements when necessary for a child the age of yours:

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answers from Minneapolis on

We used the Shaklee vitamin powder, Love it, now our kids are older we use the vitamins chewables.

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answers from Milwaukee on

I would use vitamin drops unless she can chew a gummy or chewable. Also if you give her iron rich foods, such as spinache it should help.



answers from Minneapolis on

P. - I'm sure you're going to get lots of emails about different vitamin lines and this response is no different. I work with a company called USANA Health Sciences. It manufactures a very high quality supplement that is science based. We are rated as one of the top products by The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements - for both our adult and children's vitamins.

Our children's chewable does not contain sugar or artifical sweetners. It contains Stevia. For more information about USANA's supplements, check out or

One more website to check out. I saw one of the posts that said you can get all the nutrition you need from food. Unfortunately, that's not true plus vitamins help fight free radicals that develop due to the toxic world we live in. There is lots and lots of documentation that show that every day toxins create free radicals and free radicals lead to degenerative diseases - diseases that we didn't need to think about 100 years ago.

I could go on for a very long post - but I'll spare you. If you want more information, feel free to contact me. Good luck,



answers from Minneapolis on

Hi P.
It's hard to find one that kids like- I tried a few hiding it in food.
I wish I had known about the one I do now.......back then.
Anyway- I work with a nutrition company.
If you want to check it out it's called Kindermins-- actually tastes good! and it's liquid.
You can see it at
I do give momsource discounts and you can email me for more info at [email protected] - we give $ back guarantees too.
It's really about what your one yr old will take..........

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answers from Minneapolis on

Shaklee-for sure! Vitamin powder if she can't chew a chewable. Nothing artificial, thoroughly tested, well absorbed!



answers from Green Bay on

Check out Shaklee's - I think they are the BEST.

When you join as a member, you get 15% off all Shaklee items forever. No annual fee or anything!



answers from Sioux Falls on

My son alway had low iron too, so I started cooking in a cast iron skillet.
I also gave him Ferrum Phosphoricum a homeopathic remedy which can be found in most health food stores. Safe and easy to give to kids because the pellets dissolve quickly.
one dose (3 pellets) once a day for 3 days, then one dose a week for 3 weeks. Since doing this his iron has not tested low.



answers from Minneapolis on

Our doctor recommended Poly-vi-sol with Iron.



answers from Minneapolis on

When he was younger we gave our son the Poly-vi-sol with Iron. We now give him the My First Flinstones chewables and he loves taking them. My husband was watching the Today Show and they were recommended as best for kids. They said the gummy kind is not as good for them.



answers from Phoenix on

When my doc recommended vits for my baby, he prescribed a liquid vitamin. Check and see if they have liquid vitamins or vitamins for babies. I used them for years and I trust the products they sell. Now I use Melaleuca but they don't have anything for children that young. You could give her the vitamin for children but there is a choking hazard. You'd have to crush it. If you have access to Melaleuca products, they are one of the best.




answers from Green Bay on

My daughter went through the same thing. We ground up 1/2 of a Flintstone vitamin and mixed it in her cereal, usually oatmeal. Gummies don't have iron, but my daughter doesn't like the texture anyway. She didn't like the Flintstones whole, but didn't usually notice that her cereal was suddenly colorful.



answers from Des Moines on

we use the Enfamil brand liquid supplement for our almost two year old. we've used it for about a year now. it does have that icky vitamin taste, so i would suggest adding it to a cup/bottle of juice. our daughter wouldn't drink unless we did that, because she could taste it if we didn't.



answers from Minneapolis on

Children under 2 should not be on any vitamins. Try to keep their diet as healthy as possible. They can get all of their nutrition from the foods they eat. Try to avoid processed snacks like fruit snacks, or anything that is processed or packaged. They may claim high in calcium, or vitamin C, but are loaded with sodium, sugars and added calories. Reach for fresh fruits, dark veggies (loaded with Iron) and Fiber rich grains. Children under 2 still have underdeveloped immune systems and they are trying to build them on their own. If we load them up on vitamins, it give them a false immune system and they are more susceptible to colds and flus. Only get them on vitamins or supplements if their doctors suggest it. If you do need a vitamin supplement, choose one that is 100% Whole food (certified organic) you will not find one off the local pharmacies, retail super stores or general nutrition stores. Go to a Organic whole food store. Another Suggestion would be Nutrilite. This is a line that is 100% certified organic. Here is a website you can check out search childrens supplements to purchase or also visit for more information. Do your own research, you know what is best for your child.



answers from Madison on

You could ask the doctor which vitamin he/she recommends. Ours recommended the liquid Enfamil poly-vi-sol with iron. I have an unusual kid I guess, cause he really liked the taste of the vitamins!



answers from Green Bay on

I recommend the children's vitamins from Melaleuca, they are very well absorbed.


answers from Dallas on

Go with the Shaklee recommendation. Shaklee is the number one natural supplement company because of their research and their unmatched commitment to safety and efficacy.
Polyvisol and Flintstones contain fillers like coal tar and sugar. Plus the vitamin C in liquid form starts to oxidize as soon (if not before) you open the bottle. You have to have vitamin C for the iron to be absorbed.



answers from Albuquerque on

We had the same recommendation and asked our pharmacist. He suggested the Enfamil liquid vitamins (+ IRON). We're almost finished with the bottle and I think I'm going to try to switch to something else (chewables, other liquid?) because the Enfamil tastes terrible and my girl spits most of it out! I know it tastes bad because of the iron, but they could at least try to cover it up with cherry or something! We have a vitamin shoppe down the street, so I plan to go there and talk to someone. Dr. sears (google him) has a lot of vitamin supplements for babies, but they tend to be pretty pricey.



answers from Minneapolis on

You can give her poly-vi-sol [liquid vitamin you can find anywhere], but make sure you read the label, because as far as I remember, the Target brand did not have iron in it. I know the Enfamil brand does though. Poly-vi-sol is made for infants.
All of those gummy vitamins do not contain iron. I checked every brand at Target!
Another option is buying her Pediasure, or a toddler formula. My son was on a toddler formula along with whole milk until about 16 or 17 months to give him the iron he needed and because he was not ready for the kids vitamins yet. I thought about trying the poly-vi-sol, but it comes in a dropper, and he always fought me like crazy when I was trying to give him medicine. So anyway, the toddler formula worked for us.
Also, he is now 25 months, but still can only have half of a vitamin. Usually the kids vitamins say age 2-4 can have half, and 4 and up have 1 vitamin a day. My son was the size and weight of a 2 yr old at 17 months, otherwise I would have continued with the toddler formula, because certain vitamins can cause a lot of damage if you overdose -including iron.

ETA: Another option is, if you think she will eat cereal on a regular basis, you can give her fortified cereals, or foods with high iron contents. Barnum's Animals Crackers have as much iron as spinach [which actually is still not very much- 6%] and meat and veggies, beans, raisins, apricots, dates, etc. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, too, so if you pair it with a fruit or fruit juice she will get the most out of it

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