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Monday, November 06, 2017

As parents we put so much pressure on ourselves to do things 'right', though sometimes there are situations where we feel out of our depth. I think all parents at some point worry about their child's eating habits and whether or not they are receiving the correct amount of vitamins and minerals. There are things you can do to help though. 

If the problem is that your child is a fussy eater, there are a few options you can try to ease your mind. One that I often use is hiding things like vegetables by finely chopping them and adding them to a meal that your child does like. My kids love Hotpot, this is simply minced beef, potatoes, carrots and peas in gravy. Sometimes I will pop in a few extra ingredients and not mention it to them as I find the more you try to force a child to eat something, the more they rebel. Green beans are a great source of vitamin C, folic acid, iron and potassium. My kids hate green beans but if chopped small enough in a meal like their favourite Hotpot, they mistake them for peas and don't bat an eyelid!

Of course it depends what your child avoids on what vitamins and minerals they will be lacking. If you are vegetarian/vegan or your child simply dislikes meat products, they may not be getting enough Vitamin B12 or perhaps even iron unless they eat lots of leafy green vegetables. A trick I was once told by my midwife was to drink orange juice whilst eating any iron rich foods to help absorption and so I often offer a small glass of orange juice when the kids are eating red meats. If your child doesn't eat dairy they may lack calcium which is needed for strong bones. There are so many different vitamins that support your child in different ways. Omega-3 DHA is proven to support normal brain function and vision. Vitamin D is essential for the normal growth and development of bones in children, plus maintains normal teeth. As you can see it is obviously important to maintain healthy levels of these vitamins. 

As you can see it is quite complex and you need to look into which vitamins you think your children are not getting enough of. My kids eat lots of fruit and vegetables so I don't tend to worry about vitamin C and they eat a fair amount of meat. Gracie isn't a very big fan of meat and so we have to create nice meaty meals with sauces to encourage her to eat it like bolognese, meatballs, pasta dishes etc. as if we were to make a roast dinner she would eat everything but leave the meat to the side. You definitely start to learn your child's funny habits once you take notice and can find ways to encourage them eating what they usually wouldn't.

As well as encouraging healthy eating to the best of my ability, I do also give my children multivitamins. I like to feel safe in the knowledge that they are not lacking anything and that they won't have any horrible side effects from not getting enough of a certain vitamin. My main worry with my children is calcium so I make sure that the vitamins they take contain a calcium supplement to help with healthy bone growth. Haliborange is the UK's number one children's supplement brand*. They are so proud of their softies range that they are sure your children will love the taste, and if they don't, they'll give you your money back (T&Cs apply-see website).  The range features a whole of host of different combinations of essential vitamins and minerals to help support children’s health and wellbeing at every stage – from age one month to their teenage years.

*This post is in association with Haliborange. 
Vitamin A: helps support normal vision, Vitamin C: helps support the immune system, Vitamin D: essential for the normal growth and development of bones in children, Vitamin B12: contributes to normal energy release.

Vitamin supplements are not a replacement for a balanced diet or healthy lifestyle

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