Taken in addition to a multivitamin, these nutrients are key for young bodies, says Alan Greene, MD, author of Raising Baby Green (Wiley 2007).
|SUPPLEMENT||WHAT IT DOES||TIP||DOSE|
|Calcium||Builds strong bones||Calcium citrate is more easily absorbed (but is more expensive) than calcium carbonate.||500 mg daily for ages 1-3; 800 mg for ages 4-8; 1,300 mg for ages 9-18|
|DHA||Supports growing brains||DHA in powder form tastes better than juice or chewable forms.||150 mg daily for ages 2-6; 300 mg for ages 7-18|
|Probiotics||Ease diarrhea and constipation, protect against ear infections, calm eczema||To minimize antibiotic-related side effects, start probiotics during treatment and continue for as many days as the antibiotics are used.||Up to 20 billion live colony-forming units (CFUs) per day|
|Vitamin D||Keeps bones strong; lessens risk of childhood diabetes and asthma||Vitamin D3 (listed as “cholecalciferol” on labels) may be more effective than vitamin D2.||1,000-2,000 IU daily for kids up to age 18|