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When can/should you start giving a baby a multivitamin?

My son will be a year may 15....

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Asked by Minga88 at 11:59 PM on Apr. 26, 2012 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Are you already giving drops? If so, then you *are* giving multivitamins. **grin**

    We didn't do multivitamins. I can't even get my kid to take medicine when he's sick, let alone vitamins! He's always gotten his RDA through food.

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:01 AM on Apr. 27, 2012

  • I am not giving him any kind of supplement... I am still bf'ing... no formula or anything. I have seen liquid multivitamins in the store. I could just put a couple drops in his food. I do give him probiotics.....

    Comment by Minga88 (original poster) at 12:06 AM on Apr. 27, 2012

  • Minga, no need to do anything, then. Carry on as you have! The vitamins would just flush away in his urine. Literally peeing away money! Breastmilk has 100% RDA of everything but Vit. D... and that comes from sunlight.

    When he weans, you can consider something else.

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:58 AM on Apr. 27, 2012

  • Check with your child's doctor. If he is eating a balanced diet, vegetarian diet or vegan diet then he may need supplements but that is between you and your baby's doctor.

    Answer by booklover545 at 11:22 AM on Apr. 27, 2012

  • He doesn't need anything other than what he's getting from you milk. Why give him probiotics? Does he have a digestive problem?
    Seems silly to me to spend money on meds (and yes, multivitamins and probiotics are meds, not foods) when they're not necessary. And not all vitamins will flush away in his urine - the fat-soluble ones won't (vitamin A, vitamin E) and will simply build up in his kidneys (as they do in ours) if he is already getting enough from his food.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:42 PM on Apr. 27, 2012

  • Yeah... he had some issues with digestion. I had to cut dairy out of my diet (I still don't eat much). Also... I just thought that probiotics were good for him. When I was in labor with him I got so many antibioitcs I was worried he didn't get enough "good bacteria" to develop a good natural flora.

    Comment by Minga88 (original poster) at 12:46 PM on Apr. 27, 2012

  • I just started giving DD a multivitamin. I didn't feel like fighting with drops, so I waited until I trusted that she could chew one. She is 18 months and LOVES her Flintstones vitamins. She is able to chew it up so I am not afraid of her choking, and every morning she says "mmm....nummy" while eating it.

    Answer by AF4life at 5:56 AM on Apr. 29, 2012

  • ummmm, depends on how well they eat

    Answer by WHITELIGHTJENNY at 7:15 PM on May. 6, 2012

  • agreed with gdiamante

    Answer by caramelH at 5:32 AM on May. 8, 2012

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