In this child's health video learn about the need of vitamins for your children.
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Raena Morgan: Dr. Ferguson, if your child is healthy, do they still need vitamins? Dr. Molly Ferguson: My answer to that would be yes. Raena Morgan: Yes? Dr. Molly Ferguson: Yep. Our soil is often depleted, so the soil that our vegetables, fruits, grain, etcetera come from is depleted from many nutrients because of the overproduction. We can produce large fruits and vegetables and grains chemically by adding a few chemicals to the soil, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve taken the time to actually make sure the soil has the right minerals and vitamins and things like that. And there’s been numerous studies on food and nutrient content over the years and it’s well known and documented that it’s decreasing. The nutrient content of our fruits and vegetables and everything is decreasing. So even for a healthy and normal child, I would say a multivitamin is a great—a great way to go. Raena Morgan: And how early would you start giving them? Dr. Molly Ferguson: I would say, as soon as the child’s majority of their diet is from foods other than breast milk. That’s when I would start considering a multivitamin for a child. Raena Morgan: Okay. One final question, how do you get them to swallow those vitamins? Dr. Molly Ferguson: Okay. So, there’s either chewable ones—the yummy chewable ones. And there are natural and better chewable vitamins out there for children. And second is there are often liquid vitamins, actually, for children as well. So, that’s a good way to go if children are having trouble chewing or swallowing their vitamins. Raena Morgan: Thank you very much. Dr. Molly Ferguson: You’re welcome.