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Vitamins For Older Kids

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When Rap was younger, we regularly brought him to his pediatrician for check-ups. His doctor would usually inform us of the next scheduled visit especially when he's in line for a vaccine or a booster shot. As he grew older, the visits became occasional and we would only see his doctor when he's sick. There's only one thing that I did not change though, that is, giving him his daily dose of multivitamins.

Mark's vitamin
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It's normal for parents of older children to think that they won't need to buy vitamins for their kids anymore. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics only suggest having a daily diet that follows the nutritional food pyramid. Then again, for picky eaters such as my boy, multivitamins are recommended since they don't get to fully get their daily nutritional needs from their limited food choices.

What do the experts recommend? Aside from multivitamins, pediatricians and nutritionists recommend older kids to have at least iron and calcium supplements to prevent anemia and to support their growing bones. Fortunately, my boy drinks milk daily and iron is already included in his multivitamin syrup so I don't buy additional supplement tabs of these. What I do add are Fern-C (Sodium Ascorbate) and Cherifer Forte to make him grow taller.

Are your kids taking multivitamin supplements? Would you still give them multivitamins even when they're older?


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