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Vitamins?

My son has always been very skinny and tall but I want to make sure he's getting everything he needs. He's 16 months, can I give him the Flinstone's vitamins or is there a special kind I have to get for younger kids?

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bassyentihw

Asked by bassyentihw at 8:42 PM on Apr. 24, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I think those are for over 2. All the vitamins I've seen (even the natural Dr. Sears ones) are for over 2 yrs, except the infant vitamins (tri-vi-sol and poly-vi-sol). I think if he's getting a balanced diet (fruit, veg, protein, vitamin D milk) and some fortified cereal or bread, he's probably fine without vitamins.
    EmilySusan

    Answer by EmilySusan at 8:44 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • The only fruits he'll take are juices so he drinks nothing but juice all day and he's in the stage where he throws his food on the floor and won't eat half of the time so that's why I was thinking about vitamins.
    bassyentihw

    Answer by bassyentihw at 8:46 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • I would speak to your pediatrician. Talk to him about what is missing from your toddler's diet so he can let you know if a vitamin is actually necessary. (or her....lol)
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:46 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • Maybe I could try V8 juice or the V8 Fusions so he's getting both veggies and fruits.
    bassyentihw

    Answer by bassyentihw at 8:47 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • Poli vi Sol can be given to babies older then 3 months.. but if he is getting a good diet why give him a medication his liver has to break down to use? He's got a whole life to live? But that is just me
    MELRN

    Answer by MELRN at 8:47 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • This isn't what you're asking about, but for the fruit question... have you tried making fresh fruit smoothies? Frozen or fresh fruit, plain yogurt, ice if you want, and a tiny bit of juice concentrate if absolutely necessary, ... lots of good vitamins there. I wouldn't give juice all day long, that's a ton of sugar without very many vitamins.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:49 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • My suggestion is to buy a juicer and make your own juice. Store bought juice isn't good for your child, pasterization kills all the nutrients. And synthetic vitamins aren't a good idea either.
    M_May-Rafferty

    Answer by M_May-Rafferty at 8:54 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • I WOULD TALK TO THE PEDIATRICIAN IF THEY DON'T THINK THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WIT HTHE WEIGHT THEN I WOULDN'T GIVE THEM ANYTHING UNECESSARY. i DO GIVE MY CHILDREN VITAMINS I STARTED WITH THE FLINTSTONES AND I RECENTLY STARTED TO GIVE THEM CENTRUM VITAMINS FOR KIDS BUT I SEE MY DAUGHTER THINKS THERE GROSS
    littlemami471

    Answer by littlemami471 at 10:14 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • My son is also 16 months and I give him gummy flinstone vitamins (not every day, probably every other day). When he isn't eating well, I will give him a sippy cup with Pediasure. That way I know he is getting vitamins, minerals and protien.
    mandamitch

    Answer by mandamitch at 10:32 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

  • Ask your pediatrician. That would be your best bet. My son eats really good, but at his 1 year check up when they checked his blood his iron was just a bit low so they recommended poly-vi-sol. He only get a dropful once a week.
    teafan

    Answer by teafan at 11:03 PM on Apr. 24, 2009

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