Jul 16, 2012 Post By: Children's Health

Do Kids Need Multivitamins?
Arguments coming from both sides on whether kids should take multivitamins.

Deciding whether or not children should take multivitamins can be difficult. Well-reasoned arguments are made in favor of taking them and against taking them. Here are several examples:

Our Take

No, multivitamins aren’t necessary for children unless they have a food allergy, renal disease, or other medical condition that prevents them from eating a full, balanced diet. “We always want vitamins and minerals to come from food — it’s the way our bodies absorb vitamins best,” says Mikie Rangel, a clinical dietitian at Children’s.