Deciding whether or not children should take multivitamins can be difficult. Well-reasoned arguments are made in favor of taking them and against taking them. Here are several examples:
|Processed foods are stripped of essential nutrients, so children need multivitamins to make up for the nutrition gap.||Most foods, even macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets, are fortified with additional vitamins and minerals.|
|Multivitamins prevent diseases.||Excess vitamins can be toxic and make your child sick.|
|Extra vitamins and minerals help reduce stress.||Stress can be addressed without supplements.|
|Brains function better with additional vitamins and minerals.||Regular exercise and rest have more impact on brain function than vitamins or minerals.|
|Multivitamins provide energy.||A healthy sleep schedule and diet should provide plenty of energy.|
No, multivitamins aren’t necessary for children unless they have a food allergy, renal disease, or other medical condition that prevents them from eating a full, balanced diet. “We always want vitamins and minerals to come from food — it’s the way our bodies absorb vitamins best,” says Mikie Rangel, a clinical dietitian at Children’s.