A daily multivitamin and mineral supplement can be an important start to make the most of your child’s health. Choose one that provides a full range of vitamins and minerals but does not contain artificial colours, flavours, or sweeteners. Also, here are some other essentials that may not be included in a multivitamin:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: important for infant growth and development and to protect against future cardiovascular disease and behavioural problems.
Calcium: helps to develop and maintain healthy bones and teeth and it also plays an important role in muscle contraction, transmission of messages through the nerves, and release of hormones.
Vitamin D: maintains normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus to form and maintain strong bones as well as to support the immune system.
Speak to your health care provider about specific recommendations for your child. It is best to begin today to create a healthy lifestyle for children than to deal with the health repercussions that may develop down the road. Leading by example is one of the most important things we can do.