Do Your Kids Really Need Supplements? Read This First

Doctors are often asked if children need dietary supplements. The answer is that some children need supplements in certain circumstances. “Generally speaking, healthy children do not need dietary supplements if they are taking a wide range of food items every day,” says Professor Quak Seng Hock, Head & Senior Consultant of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Hepatology at National University Hospital.

“These should include adequate intake of good quality protein, unrefined carbohydrates and an adequate supply of long chain poly-unsaturated fats, fresh vegetables and fruits. Kids with a limited intake of these nutrients, such as picky eaters or those who have a restricted intake in certain food groups, dietary supplement would be necessary. For example, vitamin B12 and iron are recommended among children who are strict vegetarians.

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Text:, Additional Reporting: Lisa Twang