Most parents try to teach their children healthy eating habits but children love to eat refined, fried, fast, and junk food. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are essential for your child’s healthy growth and development. Several researches have shown that nutrition and learning are related and well nourished children possess the mental capability needed to learn and retain even difficult concepts as compared to poorly nourished children.
Calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B6, B12, folic acid, and vitamin A can be deficient in your school aged child as a result of poor dietary habits. To avoid deficiency of minerals and vitamins ensure that your child eats the recommended number of servings from each of the food groups.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend use of routine supplementation of vitamin and mineral for normal, healthy kids. Experts consider that if your child eats a varied and healthy diet supplements are not needed. But AAP does consider that multivitamin/mineral supplements are not harmful if it does not exceed the recommended daily allowance (RDA). Where as some experts consider that as it may not always be possible to ensure you’re your child eats a well balanced diet, a daily supplement is a good way to overcome any gaps in your child's nutrition. Always start a supplement after consulting your child’s pediatrician. Supplemental vitamins are recommended for children with chronic diseases, eating disorders, liver disease, problems absorbing nutrients or certain other diseases.
Research has show that supplements are more likely to be taken by children who do not need them, such as those with better nutrition, more active lifestyles, greater food security and greater access to health care. Ch...
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