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Does My Child Need Dietary Supplements

Does My Child Need Dietary Supplements

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Does your child eat a variety of foods from five food groups? Is your child growing normally? If so, your child does not need a dietary supplement, as he or she is eating a well-balanced diet.

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Toddlers can be picky eaters, but that does not mean that they are nutrient-deficient. Giving your child supplements may result in your child getting more nutrients than needed! Extra doses of nutrients can be toxic for your child.

Encourage your toddler to eat a variety of foods so that they fulfill their energy and nutrient requirements important for normal growth and development.

You can talk to your child’s doctor if
you are concerned about your toddler’s feeding issues and nutrient intake.

A supplement may be helpful if he or she:

Avoids a particular food group completely

Has allergies/intolerance to certain foods

Is a strict vegetarian

Is recovering after a long illness

Excess milk intake which limit consumption of iron foods

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