Asthma/AllergyChildrenVitamin DVitamins

Should children take multivitamins?

It’s controversial.

Dr. Jay Hoecher at presents his perspective.

“Many young children,” he says, “are picky eaters, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have nutritional deficiencies.”

The bottom line?

Consult your doctor, but a multivitamin might be appropriate for your child if he or she:

  • Has an eating disorder
  • Has been diagnosed with failure to thrive
  • Doesn’t eat regular or well-balanced meals
  • Doesn’t get enough vitamin D through diet or sunlight exposure
  • Has certain chronic diseases or food allergies
  • Has a restrictive diet, such as a strict vegan diet

When selecting a multivitamin, be sure NOT to substitute an adult multivitamin for your child. has reviewed several products.

8/10/10 22:10 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.