Foodie Friday: Should My Child Take Vitamins?


Let’s back up first. What’s your child eating? If snacks and mealtimes feature a variety of foods (which are actually eaten and not fed to the dog), then you can probably skip supplements. 
“As long as their diet is balanced throughout the day, they’re going to get most of the nutrients they need,” says Cris Hartley, a registered dietitian and director of GMC’s Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center.

If, on the other hand, your child is surviving on air and Cheerios, it’s time to call in reinforcements. Talk to your pediatrician about what makes sense for his or her age and activity level. When he or she is younger and growing like a weed, iron and calcium are especially important. 

Treat vitamins - even gummy vitamins - like any other medication. They’re not candy. Have your child take them at the same time every day, and don’t leave them within reach of little hands.

How GMC Can Help

Learn meal planning strategies to promote healthy eating for the entire family. Visit to watch a webinar about nutrition and kids.

Looking for a family doctor? The Strickland Family Medicine Center, with a lab, procedure rooms and a clinical pharmacologist onsite, is a full-scope family medicine center, treating all ages, from newborn to geriatrics.


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