Vitamin Supplements Can Help Some Children
Kids in the age group most at risk for dietary deficiencies are less likely to take vitamins than younger children whose meals provide adequate nutrition, a study found. Researchers looked at the diets and supplement use of 7,000 children; those between 9 and 18 were at the greatest risk of deficiencies and less than a third used vitamin supplements. At the same time, younger kids were mostly well nourished, yet 42 percent of kids between 2 and 8 years old took supplements, which may be unnecessary. The difference in supplement use between the age groups may be related to changes in how involved parents are.
Source: The Journal of Pediatrics, published online June 18, 2012