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Old 06.09.2019, 09:15
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Re: Natural vitamins for children

It is false to say that just an hour or two a day in the winter is enough for our bodies (in the Northern Hemisphere) to produce enough vit D. That is bundling up everyone into one group and saying we all have equal needs. Since sun induced vitamin D synthesis is influenced by season, time of day, latitude, altitude, air pollution, skin pigmentation, sunscreen use, sunlight passing through glass and plastic, and aging, it stands to reason that needs varies even within one individual at any point in time. A darker skinned person needs a higher dose than a lighter skinned one. A sick kid who can't go out needs more than a healthy one who can; and whoever lives N of a certain latitude, must supplement fall and winter, and if you are dark skinned, even year-round. Read the studies, they all agree on this one. What they don't agree on so far is the amount one must take, although 25mmol in the serum seems to be agreed on as a threshold.

As for the "natural" term, I take it that OP might be dealing with allergies, and it is worth knowing decent brands that don't add all sorts of additives into their product. I'd like to know those, too.

OP, if your child has one vitamin or mineral deficiency, your pediatric doctor can prescribe it for your child, and most likely the pharmacist can mix it to your and your doc's specifications to take into account any allergies (ex. vit D, iron, calcium...) You can have your child retested after the treatment, or the doc may want to retest your child if the deficiency looks more chronic, and all (or most) is covered by your insurance. According to our pediatrician, a lot of the kids she sees (this is the NW CH) have iron deficiency, and even more have vitamin D deficiency.

Buying supplements: we bought kid multivitamin chewables when we visited London. That was a whole day affair of visiting as many places as I could and comparing their vitamins ingredients lists. Good luck, and tell us what you find if you come back on here.
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