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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