From boosting the immune system to supporting growth and development, vitamins are vital for the body for a diverse set of reasons.
Function of vitamins:
Vitamin A - Promotes good vision, particularly in dim light, by enabling the formation of visual purple. It is needed for the formation and maintenance of mucosal epithelium to form and maintain healthy hair, gums, teeth, various glands, skin and membranes.
Vitamin B - Activates folate and helps the nervous system to function optimally by keeping nerve and blood cells healthy. It also metabolizes fatty and amino acids, which is where the process of turning the food that we eat into energy happens.
Vitamin C - It promotes the formation of collagen which is a protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. It is also needed for wound healing and recovering from infections.
Vitamin D - In addition to maintaining bone health and normal blood concentrations of calcium as well as phosphorus, it is important for immune function.
Vitamin E - Helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals, it acts as an antioxidant.
Multivitamin supplements are particularly beneficial for children with food sensitivities and limited diets, especially if the child is a fussy eater.
Manufacturers provide vitamins in a variety of forms to suit people’s different needs. They are available as liquids for young children to easily mix them with beverages or give it to them via a syringe.
Containing 11 Vitamins, Zinc and concentrated juice of acerola as well as sea buckthorn, the Azinc Forme et Vitalité drinkable solution has been specially formulated to raise energy levels during periods of fatigue and boost the immune system. When my children consume this, the severity of their cold symptoms reduces significantly. It is available at: https://www.arkopharma.com/fr-FR/azinc-forme-et-vitalite-solution-buvable
I have also regularly given to my babies the Multivitamin liquid drops Animal Parade Baby Plex 2 Ounce Liquid by Nature's Plus. It is sugar free, suitable for infants as well as children and has a natural orange flavour which kids love. It’s customized to support your baby's nutritional needs and to further assist optimal development. You can buy it online from:
As they have gotten older, my children enjoy eating chewable vitamins more than taking the liquid. These look fun as they can be in the shape of animals and taste good, making it attractive for toddlers.
Being multi coloured and shaped as gummy teddy bears, YaYa Bären Multivitamin were appealing for my kids. Its sweet taste made it even more so. These small fruit gums are enriched with a total of 9 vital vitamins. I purchased it from my local pharmacy. They are also available online at:
Tailored to support the immune system and contribute to healthy growth, the ViboVit AQUA comes in the form of colorful fruit gums with vitamins and minerals. They are shaped as dolphins and turtles which is a big hit with my children as they are sea animal lovers. Among other things, they have also been designed to assist in the development of mental health. This supplement can be bought in pharmacies and online at: http://www.vibovit.fr/
Overall, multivitamin supplements are not a replacement for a healthy diet. Vitamins are best obtained from food. However, even with optimal food choices, due to a variety of reasons it may not be possible to consume the necessary amount of nutrients. Therefore, the supplements function as a complement by providing vital vitamins when they can’t be obtained through diet alone. They can essentially help to fill in those nutritional gaps.
It’s a good idea to also consult your pediatrician and pharmacist, like I did, to gain knowledge on which supplement would best suit your child.
References and book suggestions on this subject:
Dudek, S. (2010). Nutrition essentials for nursing practice. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, pp.92, 94, 99, 103.
Schmidt, C. (2018). The Toddler Bistro: Toddler-Approved Recipes and Expert Nutrition Advice. Boulder: Bull Publishing Company, p.124.
Mandleco, B. (2003). Growth and Development Handbook: Newborn Through Adolescence. New York: Delmar Cengage Learning.
Have you ever given multivitamin supplements to your child? If yes, which one?