Your Virtual Pharmacist-Children’s Vitamins!

by Kathy Sykes on April 26, 2010 · 0 comments

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Do you give your child a vitamin a day? Is it really necessary?

In this day and age where eating out has become a mainstay for many families, giving your child a vitamin per day is not a bad idea. Vitamins are taken as a supplement for what our children are not getting from their daily meals. It is important to know the daily allowances of vitamins that are needed for children and adults. I have included a list for your information.

 

Nutrient 

 
DV 
Nutrient Recommendations by Age (DRI)*

2 – 3
years

4 – 8
years

9 – 13
years

14 – 18 yr
girls

14 – 18 yr
boys

Protein (grams)

50

13

19

34

46

52

Iron (mg)

18

7

10

8

15

11

Calcium (mg)

1,000

500

800

1300

1300

1300

Vitamin A (IU)

5000

1000

1333

2000

2333

3000

Vitamin C (mg)

60

15

25

45

65

75

Fiber (g)

23

14 – 19

19 – 23

23- 28 (girls)
25- 31 (boys)

23

31-34

Sodium (mg)

2400

1000- 1500

1200- 1900

1500-2200

1500-2300

1500-2300

Cholesterol (mg)

300

<300 for over age 2

<300

<300

<300

<300

Total Fat (g)**

65

33 – 54(30 -35% of calories) 39 – 62(25 – 35% of calories) 62 – 85(25 – 35% calories) 55 – 78(25 – 35% calories) 61 – 95(25 – 35% of calories)
Saturated Fat (g)**

20

12 – 16
(> age 2 )

(<10% calories)

16 to 18

(<10% calories)

girls:
18-22
boys:
20-24

(<10% calories)

22

(<10% calories)

24 – 27

(<10% calories)

Calories***

2000 

1000 – 1400
(2-3 years)

1400-1600

girls:
1600-2000
boys:
1800-2200

2000

2200- 2400

Source:
1999 – 2002 Dietary Reference Intakes, Institutes of Medicine
2005 Dietary Guidelines
©Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine               Last modified: August 14, 2007

If we are not eating the proper amounts of fruits, vegetables, grains, et cetera through a well-balanced diet everyday, then taking a vitamin supplement is one way to ensure that your child is getting what he or she needs.

Remember, vitamins are supplemental to good eating habits at home, at school, and during times away from home. Make sure you are educated through your doctor and other resources to make sure you are doing everything possible to build strong bones and bodies!

Dietary Recommendations for Healthy Children

***Disclaimer…..The information given here is not to replace the medical advice of your personal physician or other healthcare professionals. Our advice is to be used as supplemental information to be reviewed and discussed with your physician or other appropriate healthcare professionals.

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