Although children benefit from the same sort of nutritious diet as adults, and need the same vitamins and minerals as adults, the exact amounts vary by age.
Nutrients that help the normal development of their bones as they grow are especially important.
Children’s vitamin needs also vary from when they are babies, through to toddlers, older children, and teenagers.
Babies who are breastfeeding may need somewhat different vitamins to those who are not, and children who are growing quite quickly could need different supplements to older teenagers.
It is recommended that children over six months and under six years are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C, and D on a daily basis.
Babies that are being breastfed are recommended a daily vitamin D supplement from birth, even if the mother is taking such supplements.
Some 8.5 to 10 micrograms are recommended from birth through to their first birthday. Always consult a doctor or healthcare professional before choosing food supplement.
However, babies that are consuming more than half a litre of infant formula may not need additional supplements, as such formulas are typically also fortified with vitamin D and other nutrients.
Vitamin D is obtained through sunlight and supplements are often recommended all year round.
Also, children under five should not be out in the sun too long in hot weather, and if they are, they should be covered up to protect their skin from sun burn.
Vitamin A is important for babies and children in this age group for supporting the normal function of their immune system, for the maintenance of normal vision, and normal skin.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, and dark green vegetables such as spinach are great sources of beta carotene which can be converted into Vitamin A by the body.
Vitamin C is important for the normal function of the immune system. It also helps their body to absorb iron.
Older children are still growing fast and often need similar vitamins as when they were younger, but in different amounts.
Calcium is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children.
This age group tends to have higher energy needs.
Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood and to the maintenance of normal bones and skin.
For teenage girls it is important that they get enough iron. Iron contributes to normal cognitive function and to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
For all their energy and their rapid growth, teens need vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and pantothenic acid which contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism.
Finally, vitamin A is also important for the maintenance of normal vision and contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
We provide vitamins in various combinations, flavours, and formats, including capsules, chewable gummy types, tablets, formula, and drinkables.
The formulas of these supplements contain pantothenic acid to support their normal mental performance.
In both cases, the teenagers can take one tablet and one capsule a day with their main meal, and should swallow it whole with water or a cold drink. Do not exceed the recommended intake.