DD is 13 months and I'm wondering if I should give her a multi for a little extra immunity when we travel or when cold season arrives. I got some in drop form, but what a pain. It stains and she doesn't like them. I guess she could have a chewable one.
If anyone does use or recommened vitamins, what brand? Iron or no iron?
I give my kids a chewable daily vitamin with iron as we all seem to have problems with iron levels. Also we are vegetarian so that contributes to it somewhat. My older son eats a very varied diet of foods, but my younger son eats only a handful of things.
Sorry, can't suggest a brand for you as we live in Switzerland.
We start giving the children's chewable multiple vitamins once they're really chewing hard things okay, close to two. Earlier than that I'd be too neurotic : to give them one. There are also "gummy" children's vitamins, but those make me nervous, too.
I guess my test was when they were eating carrots okay ...
As far as if they needed them earlier, well, I figured nursing them still was giving them some immunities.
I give my son a chewable multivitamin called "pre-vites with iron" from Puritan's Pride. I also give him one of those gummy bear vitamins that is a mix of echinacea and vitamin C.
I started giving it to him sometime around 18 months of age when he was eating mostly solids but very little foods containing iron. It does not constipate him at all.
You have to be careful with the vitamins. Make sure they are in a childproof bottle and a childproofed cabinet, so your child can't overdose on them. The kids think the vitamins are little candies because that is what they taste like.
My 3 y.o. has multiple food allergies. I give her a calcium supplement, a gummy vit C and occasionally a hard chewable multiple vitamin. She really has a varied diet with the exception of calcium sources so I don't worry too much otherwise. I don't supplement with iron. She eats small amounts of meat, gets iron-fortified cereals and still nurses.