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Did You Know? You Should Give Under-Fives Vitamin Tablets

Children between the age of six months and five years should take vitamin A, C and D supplements, government advice says – do you find this surprising?

If you do, it seems you’re not alone.

Researchers in Wales found only 30% of parents and carers said they had ever been given advice by a health professional about giving young children vitamin supplements.

And nearly two-thirds (64%) of those asked said they didn’t give their children vitamin supplements.
The Department of Health (DoH) recommends all children aged six months to five years should be given supplements containing vitamins A, C, and D every day.

Dr. Bethan McMinn, a pediatric registrar at the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said the complexity of the guidelines could be a barrier to effective information sharing between professionals and parents.

She said that while the DoH recommends all children aged six months to five years take a daily supplement, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has recently updated its advice.

Read the complete article at BBC