Vitamin C and Your Child

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February 13, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

What is it?  A water-soluble vitamin found in citrus fruits, tomatoes and green vegetables.  Water-soluble vitamins are easily dissolved in water and are usually excreted through urine.   Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, which means your body cannot make the vitamin and you need to get it through diet. 

What’s it for? Vitamin C is important for iron absorption, bone structure, skin integrity and immune function.

So does it help the common cold?  If you already have cold symptoms, no.  However, if taken before symptoms it MAY help with prevention.  Studies have neither proven nor falsified the claim that vitamin C helps with the common cold.

Can my child overdose?  If they take a megadose of a vitamin supplement then there are some negative effects.  However, your child will most likely flush out the extra vitamin C during urination before anything sever occurs.  These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Kidney stones are possible but not common.  Follow the guidelines below to avoid overdose.

Bottom line?  Your child should be able to consume adequate vitamin C through a balanced diet-no multivitamin needed!  Infants 0-6 months need 40 mg/day, 7-12 months need 50 mg/day, 1-3 years need 15mg/day, 4-8 years need 25 mg/day, 9-13 years need 45 mg/day.

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sc-health-0206-vitamin-c-20130206,0,1234708.story

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