Deciding What Nutritional Supplements are Right for Your Kids

While your kids should, ideally, receive all the vital vitamins and minerals that they need from natural sources, nutritional supplements do have their place and can be very helpful for some situations in which kids can’t get all their important nutrients through their diets. If you think that your child may need nutritional supplements, here are a few things to consider.

nutritional supplements
It’s important to determine what your child
needs and choose supplements based
on their personal requirements.


Do Kids Need Nutritional Supplements?

It goes without saying that kids should be fed a balanced diet of fresh food. Kids with a healthy, balanced diet should be able to get all the vitamins and minerals they need from natural sources – food, water, sunlight. However, it’s not necessarily right to say that kids should never be given dietary supplements, as every child’s situation is different.

For example, some kids may be picky eaters or simply won’t eat certain foods and parents may be concerned that their children aren’t getting certain vital nutrients that their growing bodies need. Sometimes nutritional supplements can be a helpful interim measure to keep kids healthy until they develop better habits and can get everything they need naturally.

What Supplements Would my Child Benefit From?

There are so many supplements on the market that the choice can seem overwhelming. It’s important to determine what your child needs and choose supplements based on their personal requirements. For example, some children may spend very little time in the sun and would benefit from taking vitamin D supplements. Some kids may be very picky eaters and refuse to eat seafood or nuts, meaning he/she’s not getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids. Or for vegetarians, B12 supplements may be beneficial as their diet may be naturally low in B12.

The best course of action is to ask a professional, your GP for instance, or a nutritionist, who can assess your child’s eating habits, intake, lifestyle and personal needs to help you determine which, if any, supplements he/she should be taking.

What to Look For in a Supplement

It’s important to choose natural supplements, preferably free of anything artificial and derived from food sources. The body processes naturally derived supplements much more easily than synthetic vitamins and are considered much safer and healthy for kids (and adults) to take regularly.

What to Avoid in a Supplement

Try to stay away from anything that’s synthetic or artificial. Some of the cheaper children’s supplements may contain artificial additives like sweeteners, colours or flavouring. You should also be wary not buy supplements that have sugar added to them, as it’s much healthier to keep your child’s sugar intake down and too much sugar in your kid’s daily diet can lead to health issues like diabetes. Some vitamins do contain natural sugar but ideally there should be no more than one gram of sugar per vitamin, so check labels carefully.

Another ingredient to avoid is ferrous sulphate, a form of iron which can cause be harmful to kids if they have too much of it- look for carbonyl iron instead, a much safer form.

For further support in ensuring your child is getting everything he/she needs for a healthy mind and body, seek out your area’s Medicare Local, who offer great community support for healthy living. You can also discuss with your GP, nutritionist or other health professional how best to get your child back on track to receiving all the right nutrients naturally. Developing healthy habits is vital for your child to have the best shot at a maintaining a healthy life.

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Setting Your Kids Up For Success This School Year

The new school year is in full swing, and it’s a brand new year for your kids to grow, adapt, learn, and change. With new teachers, new classmates, and new learning material, a new school year can be a challenging time where young students will rely on the security and familiarity of their parents, siblings, and friends to help them navigate the change. Here are a few helpful hints to proactively set up your kids up for success in both academic and social spheres this fall.

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Feed your kids well-balanced meals, supplemented with multivitamins. Multi-vitamins help with a variety of things, including cognitive function, which will help your kids be successful in their home and class work. They increase energy, which will help your kids stay alert and awake to learn all the things they need to know to help prepare them for life. Multi-vitamins can also help with illness recovery, so if your child gets sick, they will typically recover more quickly with the immune system support. Also, if your child has dietary restrictions or allergies, multi-vitamins can help supplement the nutrients from foods they can’t eat.

Make sure your kids are getting plenty of quality sleep. Bedtimes may be difficult, especially with active children who are enthusiastic about getting all they can out of life. Establish a bedtime routine that will ease your kids into sleep, including bedtime stories, quiet games, or bath time. Start the routine early – consider starting a ritual of an after-dinner walk with the family a few times a week, which will increase the duration and quality of both their sleep and yours. Sleep is the body’s way of repairing itself after a long day, and is especially important for healthy growth and cognitive function in kids.

Help your kids develop healthy methods for dealing with their emotions. During the school day, your kids encounter all different types of people from different backgrounds, which is a good preparation for them to learn how to navigate life in a controlled environment. They may encounter bullies or students who are being bullied. Teach your kids where to find safe individuals to talk about their concerns, and listen carefully without lecturing when they share about their fears. Kids need to know that they can trust their parents and depend on them in crises, which will also establish healthy ways to deal with emotions all through life. Use this time as a valuable time to show your kids how much you love them and you can also lovingly instruct them how to deal with their emotions.

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