One of the biggest concerns for parents is that their wards must have proper nutrition and be in good health. As it is difficult to fulfil nutrition requirements from the kind of food children consume today, parents resort to giving dietary supplements to their children.
According to the data by the University of Michigan’s National Poll on Children’s Health, about 52 percent of American parents give some or the other type of dietary supplement to their children.
The data of the study is based on a nationally representative sample of 1,251 parents with at least one child to 10 years old. The research found that one-third of parents said that their children have consumed supplements in the past but don’t take them regularly, as reported by the Washington Post.
When the survey asked parents why they give supplements to children, a common answer was noticed, i.e., their children don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables to meet the adequate number of vitamins and minerals along with fiber.
The most popular of all the supplements were found to be multivitamins, probiotics, and omega 3. The researchers also found that about 80 percent of parents choose supplements made specifically for children, and about 43 percent of parents don’t discuss with doctors before providing supplements to their children.
Experts suggest that children and young people should fight their deficiency of vitamins and minerals through food and a balanced diet. Also, the researchers suggested that if supplements are required, parents must consult with a doctor before providing them to children.
Researchers suggest that supplements shouldn’t be considered medicines. These supplements are not tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration before supplying to the market, Washington Post reports.
Researchers acknowledge that in today’s world, it is difficult for children to extract nutrition from food. But they suggest that if parents plan their meals and involve them in preparation, it can help. Moreover, one can always consult a nutritionist to plan out a nutritious diet for children which would be instrumentally more effective than supplementa.