Pediatrician: kids may not need vitamins

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– If you’re a parent, you’re going to want to know whether or not you should be giving your kids vitamins.

The industry brings in $30 billion a year but you might be forking over $5 a bottle for nothing!

Vitamins are not just for adults, many companies make vitamins for kids. You’ve seen them cartoon characters, bright colors and different flavors.  Well, when it comes to taking daily supplements, pediatricians say kids don’t necessarily need them.

“Healthy children who eat a normal well balanced diet do not need vitamins. Now that exception is kind of a big one and that is Vitamin D. And what we know is that most children here in the U.S. do not meet their RDA for Vitamin D,” said Dr. Denise Nakos, Pediatrician.

That recommended daily allowance for vitamin D for children is 600 international units a day. That’s equivalent to 32 ounces or four cups of fortified milk or four servings of fortified dairy products such as yogurt and cheese.

Pediatricians also say most children aren’t getting that amount of milk. Calcium is also part of that so they recommend a calcium supplement along with the Vitamin D.

Also, make sure you keep those vitamins out of reach most “vitamins targeting kids” look and  taste like candy. Doctors say if iron is overdosed  it can be toxic.

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