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Vitamins for a 2 year old

Do you recommend a multi-vitamin for two year olds? The only vegetable my daughter will eat is green beans. Since we switched her milk from whole to 2% or skim she doesn't really drink it as much.  She will have it with her oatmeal. I was wondering if she would need a supplement.

Your daughter should be on a vitamin, until her diet improves. I see supplements as temporary a band-aid until the root issue can be addressed.

Once she is getting regular outdoor exercise and eating a variety of fruits and veggies you can discontinue the supplement.

Begin by serving fresh fruit and veggies regularly.

Our children are often hungry in the final 30 minutes before meals. My wife is great at cutting up some fruit or veggies as an appetizer. I’m always impressed how willingly people eat healthy foods when they are cut up.

Children prefer familiar foods. Start with a few fruits and veggies and serve them repetitively. If she likes green beans keep them in the regular dinner routine.

Children two and up should drink skim milk. Continue to persistently serve her skim milk with meals. see 1 year old refusing to drink milk.

When possible eat at home. It is hard to find healthy food when you are eating out.

Set a good example. If you set a good example she will eventually follow your lead.

 

 

Written August 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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