Vitamin and mineral needs in children

Children and teens, starting by age 2 months , may need a daily vitamin D supplement. Talk with your doctor about how much and what sources of vitamin D are right for your child.

Infants 6 to 12 months of age may need a source of iron. Use iron-fortified formula (for formula-fed babies) and include high-iron infant cereals and/or meat baby foods.

Children 6 months to 16 years of age may need a fluoride supplement, depending on the fluoride levels in the local water supply. Check with your doctor for amounts and sources. Fluoride can help prevent cavities.

Last Updated: September 8, 2009

Author: Christine Wendt, R.D., L.D.

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Diabetes Educator

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