Is it safe for children to take supplements?

The Department of Health recommends that all children aged six months to five years are given a supplement containing vitamins A, C and D[1].  This is because growing children may not get enough of these nutrients, especially those not eating a varied diet.

As children have different nutrient needs to adults, food supplements are available which have been specifically formulated for children. People should check carefully the age range that the product is suitable for.  Adult products have higher levels of certain nutrients which can be harmful to children, for example iron is dangerous to young children if taken in excess.

Often children’s supplements are in a chewable or liquid form to make it easier for them to swallow.

[1] Vitamins for children