Before we choose the right vitamin supplements, one needs to know the functioning of the important vitamins that our children need. With many types of vitamin available, we will look into some of the most important vitamins for children.
Source: Carrots, sweet potato, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, milk, cheese, eggs, chicken, betacarotene rich foods such as orange, yellow and green vegetables and fruits.
Function: Vitamin A, rich in antioxidants, is one of the most important vitamins that children need especially for their growth and development. Apart from this, it also aids in the tissue and bone repair along with strengthening the immune system of our body. A healthy skin and good eye sight are guaranteed to children when they are fed with vitamin A rich food. With benefits aplenty, deficiency of this particular vitamin causes frequent infections due to a weakened immune system and also causes impairment of vision.
Source: Milk and other fortified dairy products, egg yolk and fish oil. However, the best source of Vitamin D is sunlight.
Function: Vitamin D is very essential for the building up of bones and teeth by absorbing calcium. The activated form of this vitamin helps in improving the immune system and plays an important role in our metabolism, controls inflammation and also maintains cardiac health. Being one of the most important forms of vitamin in children, its deficiency can cause a serious bone disorder called Rickets. In order to avoid the ill effects caused by the dearth of vitamin D, children must be exposed to sunlight for 10 to 15 mins and can also be administered with vitamin D supplements as per requirements.
Source: Oranges, kiwi fruit, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers etc. Function: Vitamin C is important for overall good health and development of your child. It helps repair the red blood cells, bones and tissues. Also plays an important role in the strengthening of the immune system and keeps away from the regular infections that children are prone to. By making the blood vessels stronger, the vitamin also helps wounds and cuts heal quickly. One of the greatest advantages of giving our children vitamin C rich food is the ability of these foods to increase the iron absorption in body. With Vitamin C available in most of the foods, its deficiency is very rare.
Apart from these vitamins, vitamins E, K and B also play important roles in maintaining good health in your child. Regular examination with the physician can help in identifying the deficiencies and help rebuilding them with the required supplements.