Indeed, there are cases when a child needs vitamins, but most often children eat a balanced diet and receive all the necessary vitamins.
Very often, parents want to help their children “get healthy” and buy vitamins for their children in pharmacies without thinking about whether it is really necessary.
Indeed, there are cases when a child needs vitamins, but most often children eat a balanced diet and receive all the necessary vitamins and minerals with food, the press service of the Ministry of Health reports.
“With a full, varied, healthy diet, a child is likely to receive all the necessary vitamins and minerals. In addition, an increased dose of vitamins without a doctor’s prescription can cause unpleasant symptoms and metabolic disorders,” the doctors say.
Symptoms of acute vitamin deficiency in a child’s body
- lack of appetite
- hair loss
- swelling of the extremities
- bleeding gums
- burning / tingling sensation in the hands and feet
- frequent viral infections
All vitamins are taken only after examination and approval by a doctor.
If the child is on a vegan or vegetarian diet, parents should pay special attention to the child’s condition, because B12 can only be obtained from food of animal origin.
Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency
- anemia – fatigue, pallor
- glossitis – the enlarged tongue of dark red color with smoothed papillae
In case of such symptoms, the child should be seen by a doctor.