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Should I give my toddler vitamins?
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
Although most children can get all vitamins and nutrients they need from a well balanced diet, there are some times when a multivitamin can be helpful.
Vit d and calcium are often lacking, especially in children who can't (or won't) drink milk. Iron can also be deficient in children who do not eat red meat.

In brief: Maybe
Although most children can get all vitamins and nutrients they need from a well balanced diet, there are some times when a multivitamin can be helpful.
Vit d and calcium are often lacking, especially in children who can't (or won't) drink milk. Iron can also be deficient in children who do not eat red meat.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, if off formulas
The general recommendation is that toddlers should be given extra vitamin d unless they are already taking in 400 units a day from dairy in their diet.
Kids can be picky eaters who don't eat a balanced diet every week, so giving a children's multivitamin each day is an easy way to be sure they are getting adequate amounts of a variety of vitamins. Toddler formula has the vitamins added already.

In brief: Yes, if off formulas
The general recommendation is that toddlers should be given extra vitamin d unless they are already taking in 400 units a day from dairy in their diet.
Kids can be picky eaters who don't eat a balanced diet every week, so giving a children's multivitamin each day is an easy way to be sure they are getting adequate amounts of a variety of vitamins. Toddler formula has the vitamins added already.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Maybe
A natural drop in feeding happens as growth slows from a 14lb/10in/yr in 1st yr to a 5lb/4inch/yr in 2nd.
They also drive you crazy with their food selections. I expect todlers to feed well about 4-5 days a month, grazing & picky for the rest. Vitamins are ok if you want but most do well without. I like liquid vits at that age, not the candy vits. Todlers may find & ingest adult look alike meds.

In brief: Maybe
A natural drop in feeding happens as growth slows from a 14lb/10in/yr in 1st yr to a 5lb/4inch/yr in 2nd.
They also drive you crazy with their food selections. I expect todlers to feed well about 4-5 days a month, grazing & picky for the rest. Vitamins are ok if you want but most do well without. I like liquid vits at that age, not the candy vits. Todlers may find & ingest adult look alike meds.
Dr. James Ferguson
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