We want to do what is best for our kids, always. This, of course, includes making sure they are getting all the proper nutrients they need. So, many of us turn towards vitamins to get our daily dose of goodness.
The current trend is Gummy Vitamins. While they might be the trend now, they have actually been around since the 60’s! Many parents of my patients tell me they are giving them to their kids every morning.
Do the benefits of these gummies outweigh the risks of consuming them?
Do you even need them?
First, you should always consult your child’s pediatrician before giving your children any kind of supplement. Having a balanced diet will go much further than any supplementation.
Multivitamins aren’t necessary for most healthy children who are growing normally...
Nothing makes me happier than to tell a patient of mine that they are in this months “No Cavity Club!” They are either getting great guidance at home, eating a healthy, low-sugar diet, listening to the education I provide, or hopefully, all of the above!
However, there are times that cavities or other dental issues arise and need to be treated. Most children are comfortable and calm in the office during procedures. Children’s offices are designed to make them feel that way – bright colors, toys, their favorite music or movie for entertainment.
We chose to work specifically with children and want to cater to their special needs.
When kids sit in my chair for their six month check up I always start off the appointment by first discussing their cleaning habits and nutrition. Most children are well aware of what is healthy and what isn’t. However, they don’t know why, especially how it effects their teeth. But that is ok! Education is just as much a part of my job as plaque scraping.
I have learned that just telling kids that sugar is bad doesn’t really help. I have to paint them a picture, an image that is not easily forgotten. And it goes something like this…
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I am “mama” to an active and joyful toddler boy. He is happy and healthy and very curious. Around 6 months of age the happy disappeared for a bit while we experienced the dreaded sleepless nights and unconsolable screaming that came along with some teeth. His bottom two teeth came through without a peep! In fact, I didn’t know he had them until he bit me!