Counseling Points for Vitamin Supplementation in Children

Aislinn Antrim
Published Online: Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Motivations for using multivitamins and mineral supplements in children include improving health, maintaining health, or supplementing a child's diet, said Marsha Millonig, BPharm, in a session at the 2019 McKesson ideaShare meeting held in Orlando.

Attendees at the session, titled Vitamins A, B, C...It's Not as Easy as 1, 2, 3: An Overview of Pediatric Vitamins and Supplements, were educated on the options available to their pediatric patients.

Accounting for almost one-sixth of all dietary supplement purchases, mutivitamin and mineral supplements are taken by every age group, Millonig explained. Although children and adolescents are at the greatest risk for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, they are least likely to use supplements. While healthy children with a normal, balanced diet don't need vitamin supplements above the recommended dietary allowances, parents often will seek a pharmacist's advice on vitamins for children who are picky eaters or who don't have strong appetites, she added.

A version of this article was originally published by Pharmacy Times. Visit to view the full article.

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