Supplements in Toddlers

By in Food & Nutrition on 07 August 2010

Parents hope they’re doing the best things for their children. This is true from the day the child is born until they grow up and move out of their parents’ home. One topic parents may feel unsure about concerns the use of supplements in toddlers. They want to make certain their child is getting the proper nutrients but they’re unsure of the best way to accomplish this.

Babies don’t have a choice of what they eat. However, once that baby becomes a toddler all bets are off! They begin to learn what they like and they’ll be sure to let you know. Since many toddlers become fussy eaters, parents consider using supplements to be sure their children are getting the right nutrients for growth and health.

If your toddler is very picky in what they eat, asking only for a handful of food items, giving your toddler a vitamin and mineral supplement may be a good idea. Toddlers need vitamin A, C and D which probably aren’t provided for in large enough quantities in your toddler’s favorite foods. Your toddler also needs several of the B vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium for health, as well as 16 grams of protein each day.

Offer your toddler new foods at least twenty times before deciding they don’t like it. It is also important not to give your toddler too much food at a time. They have small stomachs so they can’t handle a lot of food at one meal.

Rather than expecting your child to eat as much as you, provide six small meals a day. Don’t give them more than one tablespoon of each food for each year of their age. Let them explore new foods with all of their senses and keep outside distractions to a minimum.

It is important for toddlers to learn to eat what everyone else in the family is eating. Be sure to provide your child with a balanced diet of foods, whether they always eat what’s offered or not. Expect your child to eat the foods offered rather than preparing something different for them.

However, if your child simply will not eat the foods which will provide the vitamins and minerals they need, find a good multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement specifically formulated for toddlers. There are many options to choose from: chewable, powdered and liquid. Try the different options to find the one your child will take but be very careful not to overdose your child.

While it would be best for toddlers to get all of their required nutrients for health and growth from the foods they eat, it may not be possible for every toddler. In these cases where a child is obviously malnourished or failing to thrive, supplements in toddlers may be warranted. Before choosing to supplement, however, be sure to talk with your toddler’s pediatrician and follow their recommendations.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. baby food says:

    Toddlers need minerals for proper growth and development. During the early age, a healthy, well balanced diet is essential for strong bones and teeth and muscle development. Healthy diets may reduce the risk of certain illnesses. Always consult with your child’s pediatrician prior to starting your child on supplements. Toddlers need vitamin A, C and D in their food. Your toddler also needs several of the B vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, protein and calcium for healthy life.

RELATED ARTICLES:


What to Do If Your Child Doesn’t Drink Milk

As soon as a baby is born, mothers who choose to breastfeed are able to provide milk for their child. Even baby formulas which are used by those who cannot or prefer not to breastfeed are made to approximate mother’s milk. When your child gets older, what do you do if they decide not to […]


Do Exclusively Breastfed Babies Need Extra Vitamin or Minerals Supplementation?

A new born infant is in need of various nutrients and vitamins necessary for its mental and physical growth; for the development of healthy bones, teeth, blood and to prevent anaemia. Any deficiency due to lack of vitamins and minerals can result in delayed motor development, physical growth or even illness in the baby. Usually, […]


10 Tips On How To Make Meal Times Work For Toddlers

The toddler years can be a challenging time for parents. As a way of asserting independence, a toddler may always be saying “NO” to most things. With feeding challenges expected, it may be difficult to feed a child. To add to that, toddlers have small appetites since growth spurts slow down during this stage. At this […]


How To Make Playdates Successful For Toddlers

Toddlers look forward to playdates because they get to hang out with another child. In general, playdates are fun but many parents may still feel uneasy about the whole thing. Before a scheduled playdate, some parents may already brace themselves for the possibility that a child may not get along well with the other child. It […]


How To Prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia In Children

When preparing meals at home, do you consider its nutritional value? Or do you just prepare meals according to your family’s preferences? When grocery shopping, do you often stop for a moment to read the label, or do you just grab the usual products you purchase? Feeding problems are very common, especially in very young […]


Advertise Here