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should kids take vitamins?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes.: Yes! every kids (and grownup) should take vitamin d. I recommend 400iu/day for babies under 3 months, 800iu/day for babies 4-12 months, 1000iu/day for kids age 1-11, and 2000iu for kids 12 and up. Multivitamins are useful for poor eaters. If your kid eats a big variety of fruits, veggies, grains etc. Every day, than a multi is unnecessary. If the diet is less than great though, a multi helps.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Yes but...: I would get advice from your Dr. concerning the type and dose of the vitamin. The weight, age, etc. may make a difference in terms of what brands/vitamins and how much the child can or should take.
Dr. Shalini Sethi
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Good balanced diet: A good nutritious diet is best . No need to supplement with vitamins. Vitamin D 400 IU a day for newborns under 1 yrs is what AAP recommends daily .

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What vitamins should I take if I someday want kids?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
Folic acid: With a healthy diet, taking vitamin supplements generally have not been shown to benefit your health. However, taking a folate (folic acid) supplement of 400 micrograms daily is recommended for women who can have children to prevent some birth defects. It is important to take it before getting pregnant as well. A good iphone resource for complete preventive recommendations is my health checklist 2012.
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How can I encourage my child to eat a variety of healthy foods?

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Dr. Sabina Ben-Zion
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Keep tyring!: All you can do is make the foods available and model good eating habits. Different textures, colors, etc. Make food more appealing. Also, allow your child to experience the food in different ways - ex: raw, cooked, frozen even. Pairing unfamilar foods with foods they already like can help. Also, dips are a great way for kids to try new foods.
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How could we help our children resist today's evil cultural messages?

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Dr. Samuel Freedman
Pediatrics 9 years experience
Evil: Try giving them less internet access. You can also be an example of good values and "good culture".
A 32-year-old member asked:

Isnt being online constantly a danger to my 13 year old child? Why does fb want to drop the age limit?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Danger?: Being online constantly is dangerous if you are not monitoring her activity, who her friends are. Etc. Children should not have more than 2 hrs a day total for all media time. This may be adjusted for homework that is on the computer. I would be concerned as she is not interacting with real people and learning age appropriate social interactions.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Must I tell my child about a chronic illness?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Eventually: You don't say who has the illness or how old the child is, but irrespective, the conversation should take place. Children tend to be egocentric and will therefore blame themselves for the illness. Telling them and reassuring them is important.
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Dr. Abby Caplin commented
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
I agree with Dr. Sparacino, and the conversation and type of sharing should be age appropriate. It's important to meet with a mental health professional to make sure you will know what and how to share the information.
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