Do Children Need Supplements?

Many parents believe vitamin and mineral supplements can work wonders for their children. But are supplements really needed? Do they have any side effects? Take a look.

By Shirley Johanna

Seven-year-old Tanu is an active child who eats healthy without fussing about food. But her mom, Shalini, feels Tanu is very ‘thin’ compared to other children her age. She wonders if she should start giving Tanu supplements to make up for her nutritional needs. Shalini is not alone. There are many other parents who are worried about whether their child is getting enough nutrients and whether they should opt for readily available supplements. The big question though is, do children require these supplements? Also, do supplements have the same health benefits as nutritional foods? Let’s find out.

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