Parents are always trying to make the healthiest choices for their kids, which is why many supplement their diets with a multivitamin. In a perfect world children would eat the recommended daily dose of fruits and vegetables every day and live where the sun is always shining, but the reality is never that easy. Parents and children are busier than ever, and even a balanced diet doesn't always give kids all the vitamins and nutrients recommended. Many adults choose to give their kids a multivitamin to help supplement the vitamins and nutrients they may be missing.
While it may seem easy to hit up the local grocery store and grab a bottle of vitamins made for kids from the shelf, it seems that not all children's multivitamins are created equal. A survey published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. suggests that few of the children multivitamins included in the survey contained the recommended daily dose of Vitamin D, Science Daily reports.
Although products that only contained Vitamin D were shown to have a higher level than some multivitamins, some of the products still contained low levels showing parents really should be paying a bit more attention when selecting a multivitamin for their children.
Vitamin D is crucial for children because it is necessary to build healthy bones. The Mayo Clinic states that calcium can only be absorbed when Vitamin D is present, which is why it's so important for kids to get enough of the vitamin. Vitamin D isn't found in a wide variety of foods, and while the sun is a much-needed source of the vitamin, not everyone lives where the sun shines all year round. That makes a multivitamin necessary for many to ensure they are getting the proper dosage.
The study notes that children should be receiving at least 400 IU/day, but many multivitamins fall short of that. Of the 67 multivitamins tested, only between 25-36% actually contained the recommended amount. Other products would only give the recommended dose of Vitamin D if the multivitamin was taken at it's highest dosage. One of the products they examined that was specifically labeled 'for bones and relaxation' contained only 50 IU/day of vitamin D.
"There is a wide range of both multivitamins and vitamin D supplements available for children in the UK, yet most of these do not provide the recommended 400 IU/day," the study states.
Researchers recommend parents take more time reading the labels when buying multivitamins for their children to ensure they are providing the proper amount of supplemental vitamins their children need.