How to tell if your child needs vitamins

Your child is likely getting all the vitamins and minerals she needs through a healthful diet.

Talk with your health care provider if you think your child needs a multivitamin.

If you do use vitamins, follow the age guidelines and package directions. Giving your child too many vitamins can cause serious health problems.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or "she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016