Best Vitamins for Kids

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While kids are growing, it’s important for them to get enough vitamins and minerals for the most optimal health as they develop. Does that mean they need to take a multivitamin? We have answers for you.

Should I Give My Kids a Multivitamin?

A lot of parents wonder if they should be giving their kids a multivitamin. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “healthy children receiving a normal, well-balanced diet do not need vitamin supplementation over and above the recommended dietary allowances.” In general, the recommendation by medical professionals are that kids who eat a balanced diet that includes all food groups don’t usually need vitamin or mineral supplements. There are definitely exceptions which we will cover in an upcoming section.

How Do I Know if My Child is Eating a Balanced Diet?

What does a well-balanced diet look like and how do you know if your child is eating one? These foods are all included in a balanced diet and should be eaten on a daily if not regular basis:

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Lean proteins

You can read more about a balanced diet here.

When Should I Give My Child a Multivitamin?

Of course it is ideal to get all your vitamins and minerals through food, but it is also a good idea to give your kids a multivitamin if there are gaps in your child’s diet. 

If your child falls into one of these categories, it may be a good idea to give them a multivitamin:

  • follows a vegetarian or vegan diet
  • has a condition that affects the absorption of or increases the need for nutrients, such as celiac disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis
  • has had a surgery that impacts the intestines or stomach
  • is an extremely picky eater and struggles to eat a variety of foods

What Should I Look for in a Multivitamin?

  • choose vitamins that are specifically made for kids and ensure that they don’t contain megadoses that exceed the daily nutrient needs for children.
  • low in sugar
  • don’t include high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners
  • include as close to 100% of the DV for all essential vitamins

Our Top Picks for Kids Multivitamins

Added Probiotic

Zarbee’s naturals is a great complete multivitamin with added probiotic. It contains 14 essential vitamins & minerals including A, C, D3, Zinc, + total B complex, and the Bacillus Coagulan strain of Probiotic. It is made with real honey (no high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners) and is vegetarian and gluten free. Available on Amazon.

Added Omega 3s

Smarty Pants kids multivitamin contains 15 essential nutrients including vitamin D3 and omega-3 EPA & DHA ( sustainably sourced from wild-caught small fish.). Does not contain artificial sweeteners or colors and is allergy friendly. Available on Amazon.

Organic

L’il Critters Organic Complete Multi kids are made with 11 essential vitamins and USDA certified organic ingredients. These do not contain artificial flavors or sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup or synthetic dyes. Available on Amazon.

Best Rated Taste

  • Simply Natural Children’s Complete Multivitamin contains 13 vitamins & minerals. These gummies have a very low sugar content and are sweetened with organic tapioca syrup. Vegetarian-friendly, No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, fillers or high-fructose corn syrup. Available on Amazon.

Best Value

  • Flintstones complete gummies contains 11 vitamins and minerals. The cost is $.07 per gummy. They are free of high fructose corn syrup, gluten, and artificial sweeteners. Available on Amazon.

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Natalie, I don’t think EITHER one is necessary. If anything Fiber is the one thing that really should be gotten in food.
Cathy, your book list looks a lot like mine.

I am also wondering what vitamin you recommend. For the past couple of years we’ve just used the chewable Flintstones to help us out. But my sister-in-law recently sponsored my almost 7 year old with her Juice-Plus order, so we get the Fruit “vitamin” and the Veggie “vitamin”. Any thoughts on those? We’ve been doing that for a few days now. He is taking one in the morning and the other at night…with lots of water.

I’m so sorry Melissa and Venessa. This is the second time I’ve been asked this question, and I keep putting off answering it, because I haven’t really formed an opinion yet. My kids take generic vitamins once in a while, which I’ve never really checked the label, but will start due to Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendations. A balanced diet is going to have all the nutrients our kids need, and shouldn’t need to be supplemented.
That said, I do like the Juice-plus type vitamins! (if they weren’t so expensive) These and other “whole food” vitamins I believe are better than synthetic ‘nutrient only’ supplements. We just found some much less expensive at Costco called Zoots. My kids do take these when I remember.

When I have some time to compare labels, I will update you!

Hi Steph, thanks for reaching out. This is an older post that we haven’t visited in a while. We believe that whole foods are the best sources of vitamins and minerals for kids. I know that many parents like to have a multivitamin as a kind of “insurance policy” to fill in nutritional gaps, but our dietitians recommend focusing on food instead. (Even if you have picky eaters. It’s totally a work in progress for all of us!) I know I’m not exactly answering your question but I hope this perspective helps!

Wonderful information. The vitamins I give my kids are VitalVits by JoySpring. I’m suuuuper picky when it comes to vitamins and have been using VitalVits for a while now. They come in liquid form and aren’t terribly expensive. I chose these vitamins because the ingredient list is all plants.. extremely nutritious plants like nettle, alfalfa, parsley etc. They have a sweet flavor (no sugar in these vitamins). I usually squirt three dropper fulls in smoothies. So easy and nutritious!

My husband, son and I have been taking Juice Plus for several years. Based upon the scientific studies that have been conducted, we believe it is an EXCELLENT food supplement. I was curious if you are familiar with JP and if so, your thoughts about it?