The Importance of Multivitamins for Kids
FOOD & NUTRITION
As parents, we want the very best for our children. However, lifestyles have changed and our eating habits with them - including those of our children. The advent of fast food and availability of pre-packed foods has given us more choice than ever before.
Kids are bombarded with advertisements for sweets, soft drinks and snack foods. So although we try our hardest to ensure a balanced and healthy diet for them, it's often very difficult to persuade children to eat the foods you think are best for them or foods they really don't like.
That's where a supplement can help. A multivitamin supplement provides additional nutrients to complement your child's diet and provides you with the reassurance that you are helping your child get the vitamins and minerals they need.
What dietary advice do you have for children?
Nutritionists and dieticians recommend that from around the age of 5 years, children should follow a diet that's low in fat, sugar and salt, and high in fibre. Changing dietary behaviour can be a slow process and is as difficult for our children as it is for us; it requires a great deal of patience and encouragement, with parents and adults serving as appropriate role models.
Children, like adults, should be eating a varied and balanced diet. This is achieved by offering a range of foods from all the major food groups. This will help to ensure that they are getting the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.
If you have any specific concerns about your child's diet contact your GP or a dietician for specific dietary advice.
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