Questions And Answers On Nutritional Supplements For Kids

Paul asks…

What can I sneak into my kids food that will give them extra vitamins?

My kids don’t want to eat most vegetables. I give them chewable vitamins, but was wondering if anyone knew of a good nutritional supplement that I could mix into some foods they do eat. It would have to be a smooth powder or liquid that I could mix into macaroni and cheese or pancakes, etc.
Steelegrave, making sure my kids get their vitamins IS parenting. You’re an a s s
Thanks for the updated info steelegrave. I probably should have mentioned in my original post that I am talking about a 2 yr. old and a 3 yr. old who has a disability that makes it impossible to reason with him about why he should eat his vegetables. Good day!

mikiesen answers:

Wow that is deceitful. Try parenting instead.

Ok if you mix vitamin supplements into food and then cook it, you will cook out the vitamins. Vegetables provide phtyonutrients that you can’t get from any supplement along with a small amount of vitamins. But in order to get the real amount of vitamins needed they need to come in supplement form there is not enough in our food anymore the soil is depleted, looks like you’ve got that going with the chewables, but what you’re looking for in veggies is those phytonutrients, you can’t supplement them.

Please tell me you’re not raising your children with advice from yahoo answers, 90% of the people who respond don’t have a clue. Like cooking supplements in food, it doesn’t work.

Graham asks…

Getting a kid to take cod liver oil or fish oil that is in liquid form?

As a nutritional supplement, but the taste is very disagreeable. Any tricks to help it go down (Please don’t say spoon full of sugar!)?

mikiesen answers:

They make it in a capsule form…

Rachel asks…

Can a 6 year old have social anxiety with food?

Hoping someone can help. I am very concerned about my 6 year old DD. Since about age 2, she’s always seemed anxious around food and eating at the table and in front of people. Theres a long history of eating issues here that contributed ..DD was born premature at 30 weeks and 3 pounds, had early oral motor issues and eating delays, tight frenulum that was clipped, enlarged tonsils and adenoids that affected eating – taken out at age 3, reflux, food allergies to dairy, recent diagnosis of allergic esophightis and major texture and sensory issues. She’s a major picky eater and has attention issues (maybe inattentive ADD). DH and I assumed her bad behavior at table was behavioral and were always on top of her for eating — mostly because she would eat very little and seemed not to be motivated by hunger. So now we have a child who is very nervous eating at the table, rarely initiates eating when she is at table, eats almost nothing when we go out to eat or at the lunch table at school. She eats best when no one is watching — in the back of the car on the way to school and in front of the tv at night (although sometimes she still needs reminders to focus on her food) Her weight is 47 pounds and she is 46 1/2 inches. She is thin and at the end of the school day she is weak and tired from not eating. I’ve tried taking the pressure off at meals, but she just sits there – twirls her hair, arranges her food and does this nervous distractive talking. Does this sounds like a type of social anxiety or anorexia? And how do I balance taking the pressure off her at the table and ensure she gets her calories? During the school week, she only consumes 700-800 calories. I’ve tried smoothies but she doesn’t like them and nutritional supplements often have dairy protein in them. Suggestions?
Thanks for the responses so far. My biggest issue is that I’m having trouble not asking her to eat – when I give her the opportunity and nothing happens. In order for me to pull back, I need to be comfortable with sending her to school with no breakfast and watching her lose weight – which is agonizing. Every morning, I prepare a healthy meal, let her make choices, try to make it fun and she simply stares at her food or plays with it. Since preschool, she has never eaten lunch at school — maybe a few bites and her thermos of milk but not enough to get her through the day. Eating at a table with other kids has always been a challenge. And somewhere along the line she learned that if she doesn’t want to do something, she doesn’t have to. So its anxiety and control. All she typically has for breakfast (if I don’t push) is a glass of OJ. Snack she eats. Lunch at school is usually a few bites of bolgna and a few bites of veggies plus milk. She has a small snack in the afte

mikiesen answers:

Oh wow, feels like you just described my 5 year old son.
He too was born premature at 29 weeks weighing 2 pound 5oz.
He has had eating issue since day one, and last year got his to tonsils and adenoids removed and tubes put in his ears.
He has NEVER eaten fruit. The texture of it makes him vomit – it doesn’t matter if its fresh, tinned, stewed, shredded, whatever he will gag.
He is very nervous, like your girl, eating around other people. Even his siblings, me and my husband.
He weighs 40.2lb and is also 46 1/2 inches exactly. He is a very pale looking, non energetic boy. He still has naps.
I started introducing “yummy” treat food in with his meals once or twice a week.I don’t have any sort of rule “eat your sandwich and then you can have some chocolate” it’s more, he has the choice to eat what he wants.
We have a sticker reward chart, where if he eats a meal he gets a sticker, if he eats half a meal he gets a small sticker. At the end of the week, if he has 15 or more stars in total (out of 21) he gets to pick an outing he wants to do (for example, pools or the zoo etc). If he doesn’t have 15, he is upset but understands he needs to eat more.
He almost always improves the next week!
Do not punish her if she doesn’t eat, it can be very upsetting for all involved, but especially for her.
This is what my son has on an average day:
Breakfast – either coco pops, pop tarts (I know, very unhealthy but at least he’s getting some food in him!) or toast with whatever spread he likes. Or occasionally pancakes. We are lucky if he eats a slice of toast or half a bowl of coco pops.
Snack – chocolate dairy food yoghurt and a small packet of crisps (lucky to get the yogurt and one or two crisps)
Lunch – sandwich (white bread) with cheese and Vegemite inside. A kid size drink bottle of v8 veggie an fruit juice and some popcorn (we usually get him to eat half a sandwich, his juice and about 1/4 popcorn)
Snack – a biscuit or two if he feels like it.

Dinner – whatever we have for dinner. This is the worst meal of the day, he will sniff the meal and not even touch it. If we are having a treat dinner like McDonald’s, he will eat maybe two chicken nuggets and a few fries. Otherwise he will barely touch his normal meals. Maybe a bite if potato there, and a big if macaroni there but that’s it.

He very much prefers to sit by himself and eat – I don’t think this is anxiety though, just he has always had issues with food and prefers not to see everyone eating so well when he can only manage a few bites.
I’ve taken him to the doctors about this and they say he’s fine – blood tests can back fine so we just have to keep working on it.

I’ve tried and tried everything I can to get him to eat more, but I guess he’s just a very picky child and will hopefully grow out of it.
Just glad I’m not alone on this one!

Lisa asks…

How old should a child be taking dietary supplement?

i have cold sore n i bought superlysine+ for cold sores n immune system… but then it says dietary supplement n im not sure if im suppose to take it

mikiesen answers:

The best way to assure your children get plenty of vitamins and minerals is to emphasize the importance of eating a variety of healthy foods. Offer foods from the different food groups to your kids each day and prepare meals with nutrients that complement each other. That means eating fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, whole grains, nuts, legumes, milk, and cheese.

A healthy diet like that sounds great to many kids, but not to all. Children don’t always eat the way we would like them to eat, and a picky eater might not get all the vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients he or she needs. Some kids don’t eat healthy diets all the time, and a few children rarely eat anything healthy at all. Processed foods and junk foods may not contain much nutritional value, just unhealthy fats, sugar and calories.

A healthy diet is just as important for for children as it is for adults. When a child doesn’t eat enough healthy foods, his or her ability to learn may suffer. Imagine sitting in school all day when your brain and body is starving for good nutrition.

Kids who don’t get all the nutrition they need from their diets can take children’s vitamins as a good way to ensure that they get enough vitamins and minerals. Remember that taking vitamins isn’t a cure-all for an unhealthy diet, so be sure to continue offering healthy food choices to your kids. Even picky eaters will eat some healthy foods.

One common deficiency in children’s diets are the omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are essential for proper nervous system and brain function, which is very important during those long school days. This essential fatty acid can be found in pumpkin seeds, cold oily ocean fish like tuna, canola oil and flax oil. It can also be taken as a dietary supplement if kids don’t like the strong taste of oily fish or the other foods.
Kids who snub fruits and vegetables may not be getting enough vitamin C, which is important for our immune system and for the connective tissue under our skin. Vitamin C protects us from damaging free radicals and is crucial for brain function.
The B complex vitamins have several functions, some of which are involved with carbohydrate metabolism. A child who has a high refined sugar and starch diet may deplete those important B vitamins.
Some experts believe that minerals are depleted in our soil, and therefore much of our produce may be deficient of minerals as well. For example:
Calcium and magnesium are important for healthy bones, nerves, and muscles.
Zinc is important for our immune system.
Chromium aids carbohydrate metabolism.
A children’s multi-mineral/vitamin dietary supplement, plus a omega 3 essential fatty acids make a good basic dietary supplement program for most children. Some kids with health problems may need more complex dietary supplementation, which should be determined by a doctor, nutritionist or dietitian.
Make sure you purchase high quality children’s dietary supplements for children from a nutrition store or a health food store. Children’s dietary supplements can be in the form of capsules, tablets, liquids, or chewable vitamins. There are even brands that taste like gummy bears or lollipops.

Daniel asks…

How to be a healthy vegetarian girl at age 14?

Okay, I really want to be a vegetarian. I hate eating animals. I mean I cry when I hurt one. Any ways my dad said if I can find healthy ways to substitute meat thats okay. He also said it might effect my life later, like having kids and my period. Also I want to be a lacto-ovo vegetarian. Please don’t say, this isn’t a good idea or thats stupid and stuff like that. This is my personal oppinion. Please help.

mikiesen answers:

Well, Taylor, I’m glad you’re making this choice and I’m glad your dad is supportive. Let’s address a few things to get the story straight.

1. The healthy way to “substitute” meat is just to eat a well-rounded diet. That’s it. Honestly. Meat provides a handful of nutrients that can be found in a vegetarian and even vegan diet, so there’s nothing you’ll magically miss out on by not eating meat. Meat is associated with providing these nutrients: protein, iron, and B12. There are others, but people seem to focus on these three the most. Here’s the break-down:

PROTEIN: Except for oils, protein is found in every food on the planet. Does that sound like you’ll have a protein deficiency? Of course not! On top of this, even omnivorous bodybuilders rely on eggs and dairy because of their high protein content and portability. If bodybuilders, who need extra protein, rely on vegetarian-friendly protein sources, then that should tell you that you won’t be deprived of protein! On top of this, there are also vegan bodybuilders (like myself) who don’t eat any animal products at all (if you don’t like animals being hurt, I suggest you become a vegan because the dairy and egg industries are unbelievably cruel…and those cows/chickens end up being slaughtered for meat anyway). And no, you don’t have to rely on soy and peanut butter. I typically consume neither and I’m still able to make the same muscle gains as I did as an omnivorous bodybuilder. That should tell you something!

IRON: 1oz of beef provides 3% of your daily value of iron. You know what? So do most leafy green vegetables…if not, more! On top of this, even an ounce of tiny little sesame seeds provides a whopping 27% of your daily value of iron (not to mention 23% of your daily value of calcium)! Other seeds and nuts are also great sources of iron and calcium. You may hear that non-meat iron sources are “harder” to digest. If you’re worried about that, simply eat those foods with some citrus, which increases the absorption. A good example is blending a refreshing smoothie with orange juice, then adding a handful of sesame seeds (you can get a jar of these for about $3 or less in any Asian section of a grocery store). Another option is to make a salad using spinach instead of lettuce, then using a citrus-based dressing or just squeezing a lemon over it. You get the idea.

B12: Yes, believe it or not, there are vegetarian and even vegan sources of B12. Those that tell you that you “need to supplement” with it are just ignorant. A vegetarian source of B12 is egg yolks, and vegetarian/vegan sources of B12 are nutritional yeast (tastes like cheese and you can make cheese sauces with it) and natto (a soybean dish that you can make at home).

2. A healthy diet and exercise regimen will affect your life…for the better! No matter if you eat as a vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, kosher, halaal, or raw foodist, you’ll have to eat a proper, well-rounded diet coupled with regular exercise is what you need. After all, if just keeping meat in your diet made you healthy, then people who eat fast food every day would be very healthy instead of incredibly sick and obese, right? No, this won’t affect your ability to have kids. To prove this to you, China and India are the most populated countries on the planet, and both of those countries have a high percentage of vegetarians (I don’t know China’s specifics, but I know that 44% of India is vegetarian, many of which are vegan). Clearly this hasn’t affected their ability to reproduce!
As for your period, again, don’t worry about that. Your period is affected by a few things: stress, hormone level, exercise amount, and calories. Not by the type of food. As an omnivore, my periods were very heavy, sporadic, and painful. As a vegan, my periods are still very heavy, sporadic, and painful. It didn’t change a thing.

Hope this helps, you can always email me if you have more questions.

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