Children and Vitamins
Thursday, May 14, 2009

A recent study found that the majority of children who take vitamin supplements are those that donít need them. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at the study in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

About one-third of American children and teens take supplemental vitamins and most donít need them and the children who need them the least are the ones most likely to take them.

University of California-Davis and University of Rochester researchers analyzed data on more than 10,000 children and teens who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2004.

Although the researchers found that the greatest use of vitamin supplements was in underweight children, the study also shows that children who were more active, ate a healthier diet and had better access to health care were more likely to be taking vitamins.

The American Academy of Pediatrics doesnít recommend supplemental vitamins for healthy children over the age of one who have a varied diet.

Supplemental vitamins are often recommended for children with specific needs, such as children who have chronic diseases, eating disorders, difficulty absorbing nutrients, liver disease or are obese and on a weight loss program.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.