Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development. Unfortunately it can also be a time of very fussy eating! It is important to make sure our kids are getting the right nutrition their bodies need for good health, to help them learn and to make sure they have plenty of energy.
While we know we should aim to include several serves of fruit and vegetables in our diet each day it can be tricky to get our kids to eat well all of the time. It can be difficult for children to get all the nutrients they need from diet alone, particularly if they are picky eaters. Children’s multivitamins and health supplements can be beneficial during this time to help top up their needs.
Multivitamins for children
It is important to choose a multivitamin that has been specifically formulated for the nutritional requirements of children and that provides nutrients to help support the needs of growing kids. Most children’s multivitamins now come in pleasant tasting chewable or liquid forms which can help to make it easier and more enjoyable for kids to take. Children’s supplements can be beneficial for their general health and well-being and can help to support normal growth, learning and development.
- Choose chewable or liquid multivitamins formulated especially for kids
Bone health is very important for growing children. Getting enough of the minerals calcium, magnesium and boron and also vitamin D is essential for children’s growing bones.
- Children’s multivitamins with calcium will help to support healthy bones.
Learning and development
Childhood is a period of constant learning and development. Making sure our kids get the right nutrients for brain function can help to assist learning and development during this important time. The nutrients Omega‐3 and iodine can help to support kid’s brain health and function. Omega‐3 fatty acids may be beneficial for attention, behaviour and cognitive function (learning and memory) in some children.
- A children’s multivitamin with iodine, combined with a children’s fish oil supplement may help to support learning and development
Healthy immune system
As most parents know, colds are a common illness among children of all ages. Good nutrition can help to keep children’s immune systems healthy. Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant nutrient that helps to support immune function. It has also been found that vitamin C may help to reduce the duration and severity of colds and provide relief from the symptoms. Vitamin C is also required for collagen production in the body and may assist with minor wound healing.
- Children’s vitamin C supplements can help to support immune health.
Fuelling our kids with the right nutrients is important to help give them energy they need for all that leaning and play! The mineral iron and the B group vitamins are needed for energy production in the body. Not getting enough iron can be associated with tiredness and a decrease in general health and well-being. The B group vitamins are also needed for a healthy nervous system.
- Children’s multivitamins with iron and the B group vitamins will help to support energy production and nervous system health.
Teaching healthy habits
It is simple really ‐ good nutrition is essential for good health for children and adults alike. Getting children to eat well can sometimes be hard, but if you enjoy eating fruits and vegetables in your diet every day most of the time your kids will follow your example. We can’t force our kids to eat what we want them to but we can make sure healthy foods are available to them at every meal and for snacks. Ensure that the majority of foods included in your children’s diet are fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, dairy foods, fish and lean meat.
Don’t be put off if your child is rejecting some foods, Australian research suggests that parents may need to offer an individual food up to 10 times before a child will choose to eat it. At meal times offer a range of colourful, healthy foods on the plate and allow your child to pick and choose what they will eat from there. Involve your kids in preparing meals as they are more likely to eat a meal they have helped to make. Encourage your kids to feed themselves and don’t worry about the mess!