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Beyond the multi: Children's supplements

Taken in addition to a multivitamin, these nutrients are key for young bodies, says Alan Greene, MD, author of Raising Baby Green (Wiley 2007).

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
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