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Should Children Take Vitamins? | Benefits and Disadvantages, edition 1

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LONG TERM EFFECTS

For those individuals who received all of the necessary vitamins as small children, and continued this practice through their adulthood, there are many satisfactory  long term effects. Adults who have grown up receiving the proper balance of vitamins their entire lives have better vision, sharper memories, a decreased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, bone and joint problems, and/or osteoporosis. 

WHAT SHOULD CHILDREN TAKE?

With all the vitamins available on today’s market, it can be difficult to decide what kind of vitamins to give a child. While the following will give you a comprehensive guide to what the average child needs, it is always best to consult a doctor on the specific needs of your individual child. 

INDIVIDUAL OR MULTI VITAMINS

While individual vitamins are a great way to restore any depletions of specific nutrients in the body, the average child needs a more balanced dose of vitamins than individual vitamins can provide. In order for a child to get the vitamins needed, they would need to be given a vast number of individual vitamins each day. A multivitamin can provide a balanced dose of everything needed in one dosage. Another benefit of multivitamins is that there are many brands that are developed specifically for children. Individual vitamins are generally not made in doses appropriate for children, and can increase the likelihood of an overdose of a specific type of vitamin. 

WHAT BRANDS ARE BEST?

There are many companies that currently make children’s vitamins. Some are better than others. However, many doctors disagree on what is truly the healthiest and best type for children. Always compare the ingredients on the back of the container with the recommended dosages for children before purchasing a vitamin. Feel free to ask your doctor what brand may be best for your child’s specific needs. 

Many children just will not take vitamins that do not taste good! With this in mind, most doctors agree that it is best to give a child whatever vitamin that they don’t mind taking. Many vitamins come complete with a child friendly appearance in shapes of cartoon characters. Finding a children’s vitamin that your child will take without a battle each morning is the key to picking a brand of children’s vitamins. 

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