Choosing the best vitamins and supplements for children can be tricky. Ideally, your kids would be getting all the nutrition they need from their diet, and indeed that is where you should focus the majority of your efforts. But with picky eaters and busy schedules, it’s important to consider that the foods they eat (or are willing to eat) may not be providing enough of the essential vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients they need to keep their bodies healthy and their immune systems strong.
Therefore, children’s vitamins can make a big difference in supporting the overall health and well-being of your kids. However, trying to select the right children’s supplements is often harder than shopping for yourself, simply because you want the absolute best for your growing child. The best place to start is with a high-quality, targeted multivitamin and mineral supplement.
(Note: It is important to discuss any supplementation plan with your family doctor or pediatrician who is familiar with your child’s health history and individual needs.)
Proper nutrition is especially important during the formative years, when most growth and development takes place. This children’s chewable multivitamin features a well-rounded formula complete with ten essential vitamins and minerals at dosage levels suitable for children of all ages. Kids will love the fun animal shapes in great-tasting orange, cherry and grape flavored chewable tablets.
If your child has tried chewable vitamins but didn’t like the taste or texture, Nutrition Now’s Rhino Gummy Bear Vitamins may be the answer. They’re the gummy vitamins kids love to take. Each two-gummy bear serving provides essential vitamins, including A, C, D and E. Plus, this children’s vitamin is all-natural with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Rhino Gummy Bears come in grape, lemon and cherry flavors.
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After selecting the best multivitamin for your child’s needs, your next consideration is their immune systems. Maintaining a strong immune system helps your child grow and develop at a normal rate...the way Mother Nature intended!
Bio-Certified Sambucus Black Elderberry can provide year-round defense for your child’s immune system. For centuries the dark berries of European black elder (Sambucus nigra L.) have been traditionally used as a winter remedy. In recent years, medical researchers have proven its efficacy in clinical trials. The high potency of BioActives® constituents in Nature's Way Sambucus standardized black elderberry extract are proven to be "bioavailable" and active within the body for optimal effectiveness. This immune support supplement is Kosher certified, gluten free and contains no artificial preservatives. It is also berry-flavored, making it easier to give to your children.
Sea Buddies Immune Defense features elderberry, zinc and vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin A to bolster the immune system and help your kids when they need it most. Plus, it’s safe to take every day. Best of all, your kids will love the flavor of these delicious, chewable SparkleBerry tablets.
Now that you’ve developed the foundation of your children’s healthy supplementation program with a quality multivitamin and an immune system supplement, you can turn your attention to the more specific nutritional needs of your children. First up are essential fatty acids and probiotics.
Omega-3 supplements aren’t just for adults! In fact, these essential fatty acids contain a specific nutrient called DHA that is an essential nutrient for supporting healthy brain development. But don’t worry; your kids won’t have to suffer through nasty cod liver oil. Today’s omega-3 supplements for kids taste great and are easy to take.
Probiotic supplements help make the most out of any diet, including your kids’ diet. A good probiotic contains millions of tiny bacteria that help your natural digestive system perform efficiently when breaking down foods and making the nutrients available for the rest of your body to use. While they can be found in foods like yogurt and fortified milk, probiotic supplements offer the same digestive support without the added sugar.
DHA, an omega-3 essential fatty acid, is everywhere these days, and for good reason. DHA provides potent support for brain development and visual function. This award-winning, naturally flavored cod liver oil has been taste tested and approved by children! Plus, it contains healthy levels of naturally occurring vitamins A and D. Molecularly distilled for purity, Children’s DHA Liquid has the highest omega-3 level of any cod liver oil and is enhanced with strawberry essence for a great taste kids love. Just a half teaspoon a day is all it takes!
This children’s probiotic supplement is designed specifically for ages 2-12. Primadophilus for Kids chewable tablets contain a special blend of Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus. These tasty cherry-flavored tablets are a great way to ensure that your child is getting the necessary friendly flora to maintain a healthy balance in the intestines, as well as support optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients.
With a combination of the above children’s vitamins and supplements, you’ve taken a great step at supporting your child’s overall health and wellness with all-natural vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. You could stop here and be perfectly comfortable. But there are two more products worth mentioning.
The first one is a homeopathic supplement designed to promote healthy, restful sleep for children. Sleep is so important to healthy development, and it should not be overlooked. The Hyland’s formula below is an Aspirin- and acetaminophen-free formula that is great for sleep as well as irritability and wakefulness.
The second product is an all-natural shampoo and wash designed specifically for kids. It comes from a name you know and trust: Burt’s Beas. It’s a safe, gentle tear-free formula that enhances bath time with natural, parabens-free cleansing action.
Hyland's helps your child relax and rejuvenate with their all-natural homeopathic sleep supplement Calms Forté 4 Kids. These quick-dissolving tablets address the causes that inhibit a child from sleeping well. Your child won't wake up groggy like he or she might when given over-the-counter drugs containing diphenhydramine. Formulated just for kids ages 2 to 12, Calms Forté 4 Kids safely and effectively counteracts mental and physical restlessness in children.
Burt's Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash is a pure, tear-free formula containing a gentle cleansing blend of coconut and sunflower oils. It features soy protein to nourish and moisturize and sugar esters to soothe and soften for an all-in-one shampoo and wash that will leave your baby naturally clean, soft and snuggable. Shouldn't all baby shampoos be this natural? This product is pH balanced, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate free and phthalate free.
Did you know that Swanson Health Products also carries natural health products for babies? That’s right, we have several all-natural and homeopathic products that could make your life easier by providing the soothing comfort your infants often need. The following three baby products are some of our favorites, and they’re from names you trust. Take a look...
Burt’s back with another great Baby Bee all-natural product. Soothe your baby's bottom naturally with Burt's Bees Diaper Ointment, made with a natural blend of nourishing Vitamin E, Chamomile and Calendula to calm and soothe the most delicate skin. Beeswax, Sweet Almond Oil and Zinc Oxide combine to form a natural moisture barrier to help keep baby dry, comfortable and cooing. This product is paraben free, petrolatum free and mineral oil free, and it has not been tested on animals.
Baby Bliss Gripe Water is America's first all-natural herbal supplement used to ease mild and occasional gas and stomach discomfort. Made with organic ginger and fennel, Baby Bliss Gripe Water is a favorite of parents. Bliss By Mom introduced all-natural, alcohol-free Baby's Bliss Gripe Water to the American market over 6 years ago. Now this traditional European and Asian favorite can help you ease your baby's discomfort.
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