5 Ways to Find the Multivitamin Supplement for Your Little One
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Providing the right multivitamin supplement can complete the nutritional deficiencies of the Little One, maintain body health, and avoid the the risk of growth disorders on your Little One. However, Daddy and Mommy should understand that a multivitamin supplement is not a substitute for food but simply a complement of nutritional intake alone.
According to nutritionists, giving a new multivitamin is needed when the child experiences conditions such as in a need for nutrition and an unbalanced intake, chronic medical condition such as asthma or gastrointestinal problem, condition of undergoing energy draining activity (e.g. exercise), and condition of dietary restriction (e.g.vegetarian diet).
Mommy needs to know and note that supplements are different from medicine. Supplements need not to be tested for their clinical effectiveness. So, what should be considered before choosing a multivitamin supplement for the Little One?
- What kind of supplement does the Little One need?
Consult a doctor before giving any supplement to the Little One, especially for those under the age of 6 months. Doctors will recommend supplements needed by the Little One. Also, pay attention to the dose. Do not let the Little One has an excess of vitamins and minerals intake. This can certainly have an impact on the condition of his/her body. For example, an excess of vitamin C can cause stomach cramps and nausea.
- Read product info on the packaging.
Understand very well about the contents in the supplement. Know the difference of each dose size such as mg, mcg, ml, and so on to avoid inappropriate dosage.
- Check expiration date, BPOM (Food and Drug Administration) and Ministry of Health permit. Government approved products, e.g. approved by the Ministry of Health or by the Food and Drug Administration (BPOM), are usually safe and meet the quality standards. Be careful with counterfeit goods.
- Choose a supplement specifically for the Little One.
Never give adult supplements to the Little One, even in small doses.
- Make sure that there is no contraindication.
If your Little One has certain diseases, make sure that the supplements which will be consumed will not contraindicate with the drug therapy given to the Little One. Discuss with your doctor first.
Provision of vitamin supplements can not be regarded as a quick solution of certain conditions. Fulfill the nutritional needs, including vitamins and minerals by giving them diverse foods and nutrients that contain calcium and magnesium (which keep the bone and teeth density) and vitamin D (helps calcium absorption). Fulfillment of nutrients needed by the Little One will help the process of growth and development, optimally.