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Supplements for children & teenagers

05 Oct 2023 • 9 min read

Between fussy eaters and busy lives, kids can sometimes benefit from a few extra nutrients. And older children may need extra help as they navigate new stages and routines through their teenage years

Do children need extra vitamins?

Ideally, your child should get most of their vitamins through their diet instead of through supplements. But some types are recommended:

0-5 years 

  • The government recommends all children aged 6 months to 5 years are given daily vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C, and D, unless they drink more than 500ml of infant formula per day. This is because formula milk is already fortified with these vitamins.
  • Babies who are being breastfed should be given vitamin D supplements from birth. These are available in drops for babies and young children.1

5 years + 

  • The government recommends everyone over the age of 4 should take a vitamin D supplement during the winter months (roughly between October and March). However, you can also choose not to.2
Outside of these, most children get all the vitamins they need from food. However, a kids’ multivitamin can give you peace of mind.

But if your child:
  • Is vegan 
  • Is lactose intolerant 
  • Has a chronic illness that affects nutrient absorption 
  • Isn’t gaining weight as expected for their age 
Or you have any other concerns about their nutrient intake, speak to your GP for advice.

What products are available for children?

Eating a varied diet, exercising (at least 60 minutes a day), and getting the right amount of sleep is the best way to build bone and muscle strength, and ensure your kids’ health is at their optimum.

Holland & Barrett Kids Multivitamin 30 Gummies

This kids multivitamin gummy contains 8 vitamins for daily health: 

  • Vitamin A for the maintenance of normal vision
  • Vitamin D for normal bone growth and development
  • Niacin, pantothenic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12 for energy support
  • Vitamin C to maintain normal skin and bones 6

What products are available for teenagers?

Because they’re still growing, teens need to focus on bone health just like younger children. But busier social lives and more demanding school time means energy and mental performance are important, too.

Puberty can take a toll on energy, which means teenage boys and girls will begin to have slightly different nutritional needs.

Vitabiotics Wellteen Her Plus 56 Tablets

Developed especially for teenagers and young women aged between 13-19 years, Wellteen Her Plus is formulated to provide all-round support.

It contains a comprehensive range of 25 vitamins, minerals, and botanical extracts including: 
  • Vitamins B6 and B12 for normal energy support
  • A higher amount of iron 
  • Omega-3, which contributes towards the daily docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) intake which contributes to normal brain function*
  • Plus zinc, vitamin D, and more for normal immune support 8 9 
*A beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg of DHA.

Vitabiotics Wellteen Him Plus 56 Tablets

This daily multivitamin is formulated for teenagers and young men aged between 13-19 years and combines 24 vitamins, minerals, and botanical extracts for daily vitamin support. These include: 
  • Vitamins B6, B12, and vitamin C support normal energy release and helps to reduce tiredness and fatigue 
  • Omega-3, which contributes towards the daily DHA intake, which contributes to normal brain function*
  • Plus, zinc, vitamin D, and more for normal immune support 8 9 
*A beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg of DHA.

Tips for staying safe

  • Keep vitamins and supplements out of your child’s reach. 
  • Make sure you’re buying the right products for their age (look on the packaging). Children and teenagers shouldn’t take adult vitamins as the dosages won’t be right. 
  • Only give your child the recommended dose on the bottle. Make sure not to double up on vitamins. For example, don’t give your child a vitamin D supplement and a multivitamin containing vitamin D at the same time. Check all labels carefully.

The final say

Kids are robust, but they might benefit from extra nutrition at certain times.
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