Kids have their own specific nutritional needs to support their growth and development. Although it can be hard to help your kids with their dietary needs, especially when we know how fussy they can be about what they eat. Below are some tips and tricks to help.
Top vitamins and minerals for kids
- Vitamin A – promotes normal growth and development, healthy skin, eyes and immune responses.
- Vitamin B’s – B vitamins to assist with energy production during times of increased demand.
- Vitamin C – supports healthy muscles, connective tissue, and skin. Aids iron absorption.
- Vitamin D – assists with bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium.
- Calcium – helps maintain healthy bones.
- Iron – essential for healthy red blood cells production.
Poor eating habits
Fussy eating can be a source of concern for parents, worrying that they aren’t eating enough, or not eating enough of the right thing. Fussy eating is quite normal though. However, establishing health eating early will help your child later in life. Here are some tips for fussy eaters;
- Don’t promise chocolate or other sweets as bribes to eat. If you need to, use a non-food reward.
- Eat meals at the same time each day. Routine is beneficial.
- Try cutting foods into fun shapes or make a game out of the meal.
- Be sneaky and hide vegetables in things like spaghetti sauce.
- Be a good example – eat healthy foods in front of your child
- Be persistent – offer a new food multiple times throughout the month. Just because your child didn’t try it the first time, doesn’t mean they won’t try it next time… well, maybe the time after that.
Which kids need vitamin supplements?
Pediatricians may recommend a daily multivitamin or mineral supplement for:
- Kids who aren’t eating regular, well-balanced meals
- Kids with digestive problems
- Kids on a vegetarian or a vegan diet, a dairy-free diet or other restricted diet