Vitamins for Children

Most children should be able to get all the vitamins their bodies require from their diet. However, children are often very fussy and therefore do not get a varied diet containing a wide range of vitamins and other nutrients. Of most importance for young children (aged 6 months to 5 years) are vitamins A, C and D.

Vitamin A is used by the body to strengthen the immune system, keep skin healthy and for good eyesight, particularly in dim light. Food sources of vitamin A are orange fruit and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes and swede. Dairy products, fortified spreads and dark green vegetables are also good sources.

Vitamin C is used by the body for good general health and supports the immune system. It is also used to help the body to be able to absorb iron. Food sources include brightly coloured fruit and vegetables such as oranges, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes and peppers.

Vitamin D is needed by the body in order to be able to absorb calcium and phosphorus from the diet. These minerals are essential for healthy bones and particularly important for growing children. Vitamin D can be obtained by absorbing sunlight through skin. As young children can have sensitive skin and need to be protected from too much sunlight it can be advisable to look for other sources of the vitamin such as food or by taking a supplement. Margarine spreads and many cereals are fortified with vitamin D and other good sources include oily fish, meat and eggs.

Where a child's diet is not sufficiently varied to obtain their daily vitamin and nutrient requirement a good quality vitamin supplement such as the range from Vitabiotics.

Please do remember we are not health professionals and the information we are giving is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. We are simply providing some suggestions and ideas for alternative remedies and ways to enhance your general health and well being. We do however strongly advise you to visit your Doctor to discuss any medical issue that concerns you.