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Vitamins & Minerals For Babies & Children

Babies and children have high nutritional requirements and large numbers of school age children have been shown to be deficient in many essential vitamins and minerals. A poor diet resulting from faddy or fussy eating can cause a number of health problems and lead to behavioral problems, impaired learning and an inefficient immune system.

As parents we have an enormous responsibility to ensure that our children get a good, healthy diet. This task is not easy when we are faced with fussy eaters.

Children need far lower doses of nutrients than do adults, and a healthy and varied organic diet should offer the large proportion of their nutritional requirements.

What you can do to help

Vitamin and mineral supplements for babies and children

Babies who have been breast fed will not need extra vitamins or minerals (at least for the first six months). Bottle fed babies may benefit from vitamin and mineral drops.

All children can benefit from a good multivitamin and mineral supplement, no matter how good their diets. This is especially the case if they are fussy eaters. Any trace deficiencies can be rectified and studies have shown that children who have optimum levels of nutrients perform the best academically and athletically.

After six months the baby may benefit from the addition of vitamin and mineral supplements.

It is best to get advice from your health professional before you give supplements to your babies and children.

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The toxins ingested by children can have a harmful effect on the body and can lead to problems that are not manifested until later in life. These problems can include: heart disease, cancer, decreased mental capacity, emotional and behavioral problems and other conditions involving the immune system.