Vitamin worries

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Vitamin worries

Postby Fullaro » 06 Nov 2013, 18:49

Hi - my lo 2 yrs 3 months has recently stopped breast feeding (my decision) she's always been hit and miss with her eating - particularly vegetables (and more miss with these to be honest) anyway when she was breastfeeding I never really worried knew she'd make up for it with milk but now I can't help but worry. We're going through a particularly stubborn phase feel like she's not getting many vitamins with the variety of food she's eating. I have tried multivitamins but struggling to get her to take them . Any tips? Should I be worried?
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby A_W » 06 Nov 2013, 19:00

My little boy quite happily eats the A-Z multivitamins that boots do for children. They are for over 3 year olds but his dietician has approved them for us. I do break it in half so it's safer for him. What have you tried? The bassetts chewy ones most children like.
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby fourweewonders » 06 Nov 2013, 19:16

I started my dd1 on bassets soft and chewy vits at about 2 3/4 because she refused other forms of multi vits
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby RJandA » 06 Nov 2013, 19:21

Abidec syrup with omega 3 oil is popular here with my 3 year old.
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby UnhappyRightFoot » 06 Nov 2013, 22:13

We use WellKid syrup. Munchie was fine with it but Pickle was unimpressed. I mixed it in with her yogurt for a few weeks but now she'll take it off the spoon.
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby DandelionFrosting » 07 Nov 2013, 03:47

Will she eat cereal? I know it's processed and whatnot, but it's also usually fortified with a ton of vitamins.
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby Fullaro » 07 Nov 2013, 18:08

Don't think my last Reply posted for some reason but thanks all for replies - yeah she does eat cereal so that good point I never thought of also may try the mixing with yoghurt idea tried that once before but with abidec drops which smell horrible so can't imagine they're good taste with yoghurt - also tried well kid . Boots own brand and abidec syrup to no avail but thanks again for tips.
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby Kitcameron » 08 Nov 2013, 19:41

Does she eat fruit? Surely fruit provides quite a few bits and minerals, although of course not all and veg is also required. Little G is bad at eating veg as well, she'll eat sweet corn (yes I know, technically not a veg) but the only other things I can get her to eat are Glamorgan sausages (asda own brand, hopefully not too high salt but don't think I've actually checked) and I make my own cauliflower and broccoli cheese bites which she loves. And have no salt in apart from what's in the cheese. There's a recipe for them in the little grazers website. That website also has other cunning veggie recipes which may help
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby mamapup » 08 Nov 2013, 20:38

Today I juiced spinach, applies and lime. The puppy, who is a veg refuser at home, guzzled it. I know juice isn't the answer but I do feel he got some goodness out of drinking that much spinach even if it was all in the form of a green mustache!
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby eve_1 » 21 Nov 2013, 02:54

Nice post !
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby LittleBethlehem67 » 21 Nov 2013, 19:48

kitcameron07 wrote:Little G is bad at eating veg as well, she'll eat sweet corn (yes I know, technically not a veg)


Why isn't sweetcorn technically a vegetable? ! <she says in a high and panicked voice>
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby oriel » 22 Nov 2013, 08:48

Sweetcorn is a grain, like wheat etc. It belongs in the carbohydrates section.

Don't forget that meat contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. If you can get some liver or kidneys down her so much the better. (Lightly fry some chicken livers and blend them, then stir them into a stew or bolognese right at the end, to give it richness and lots of vitamins!)
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby BLTMama » 22 Nov 2013, 17:56

If it helps, remember that "vegetable" doesn't really mean anything (other than 'plant'). Everything we think of as vegetables are also fruits or flowers or leaves or seeds or roots (i.e., parts of plants). All whole foods have vitamins -- not just 'vegetables'.

If you've only recently stopped breastfeeding, give her some time to get used to the new normal. AFAIK, there are no vitamins so urgently needed that she'll go into deficiency within a few weeks. I did the cold-turkey BF quit myself, so I also know that it throws your hormones all out of whack and can make you worry more than you might normally. Don't stress.

Personally I think it's better to just keep offering a variety of foods, modeling (so eat your vegetables, too! :D ) and being patient -- but then my daughter has always been happy to eat nearly anything I put in front of her (including any sort of revolting medicine or vitamin drop), so I realize it's easy for me to say.
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby LittleBethlehem67 » 22 Nov 2013, 20:22

oriel wrote:Sweetcorn is a grain, like wheat etc. It belongs in the carbohydrates section.


Dammit! Still good for you though right?! Just peas and tomatos on our 'veg child will reliably eat list' then. And I think tomatoes might be a fruit....
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Re: Vitamin worries

Postby mamapup » 22 Nov 2013, 21:48

laurabeth67 wrote:
oriel wrote:Sweetcorn is a grain, like wheat etc. It belongs in the carbohydrates section.


Dammit! Still good for you though right?! Just peas and tomatos on our 'veg child will reliably eat list' then. And I think tomatoes might be a fruit....



Even if you just have peas.and tomatoes on your list it still beats the cauliflower but only.if it's hidden that we have here. "Not one veg shall pass " seems to be the puppy's mantra.
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