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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should I be giving my 2.5yr old multivitamins and probiotics?

    There seems to be so many vitamins for kids these days. I am not sure what combination of calcium, multi, vitamin c, probiotics, fis oil etc I should be giving my child. Is there a chance I could even overdose him if I combine the wrong ones together?
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    Erica Grandjean

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    Hi there

    Unless your little one has specific health conditions or micronutrient deficiencies (you will only know this through a blood test), multivitamins and probiotics are not necessary.

    Provided that your child is eating a variety of foods every day - fruits, vegetables, grains, meat/meat alternatives and dairy/dairy alternatives - they should be receiving all the nutrition they need to grow and develop physically and mentally. 

    Some nutrients may become more harmful than beneficial if taken in large doses, however most nutrients, if not required, will simply be excreted from the body.

    Go for lots of variety from all food groups (see above) and your child will be thriving.
    However, if you're concerned about particular nutrients, head to your GP for a check up.

    All the best!

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    Sharon Brooks


    Sharon, a Registered Nutritionist RNutr and Food Scientist runs a nutrition consulting business that specialises in proactive nutrition and disease prevention.Sharon runs corporate, school and … View Profile

    I agree with Erica Grandjean regarding the importance of providing wholefoods. Multivitamins, probiotics, mineral pills etc provide a limited number of nutrients. They are also only a small portion of the actual pill/liquid etc. You see, there will always be a carrier of some sort that acts as the vehicle for the vitamins and minerals. Therefore, the active ingredients may only represent a small portion such as 20% of the overall portion/pill/tablet/chewable. It is far more beneficial to consume wholefoods that offer a plethora of nutrients in a combination that is naturally found in nature.    

  • James is passionate about osteopathy, it’s philosophy and works with facilitating the bodies innate drive for health and balance. He enjoys teaching patients about how … View Profile

    I agree with both answers.

    I find probiotics can be usual for this demographic particularly if they were cesarian birth or had long course of antibiotic treatment. Ideally we can get most nutrients through our diet, unfortunately the modern western diet is often filled with sugar and processed foods. This can upset the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. Given the connection the gut has to a developing nervous system. It may be appropriate. Just food for thought.

    You should consult a health practitioner prior to commencing.

    Here is a link to a piece about gut bacteria -

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