Our supplement needs are ever changing, but I have noted the ones we take consistently below. There are also a number of new products that I was not aware of when my kids were infants, so I have listed alternatives to what we use/used. I advise everyone to consult with a healthcare professional before giving supplements to infants/children and even taking any supplement yourself. I am NOT a health care professional.
Gut health is extremely important to me. While we try to eat a vegetable heavy diet, those convenience foods add up and and we can use some reliable probiotics.
We recently switched to Mary Ruth's liquid probiotics because I have been reading that they are better absorbed by the body. I am slowly trying to transition to liquid versions of all our supplements. You can use code PARULWORKS10 for 10% off your Mary Ruth's order.
I really wish I knew about this Klaire Labs Infant Probiotic Powder when mine were infants. While it is available on Amazon, some of the reviews expressed concerns about valid distributors. The Klaire labs website also states that third-party websites are not authorized distributors. I would suggest asking your pediatrician about this probiotic.
All of these elderberry syrups should be available and most natural food stores or vitamin retailers. We especially use elderberry during flu season for an added boost of immunity. It can get expensive, so making your is much more affordable and it allows you to control sugars and additives.
I like Garden of Life Elderberry Syrup because there are no added sugars in this one.
Organic Sambucus Blend
Organic Black Elderberry Fruit (Sambucus nigra L.) Extract and Juice Concentrate
Organic Immune Blend
Organic Aronia melanocarpa (Aronia Berry), Organic Emblic (Amla, Phyllanthus emblica) (fruit) Extract, Organic Psidium guajava (Guava fruit and leaf) Extract
Organic Echinacea purpurea Extract (root)
Organic Rosemary Extract (leaf)
Organic tapioca fiber syrup, organic vegetable glycerin from non-GMO corn, purified water, organic elderberry flavor, organic lemon juice concentrate, mandarin peel flavor, organic citrus extract (to preserve freshness).
Gaia Herbs Elderberry Nighttime Syrup is ALWAYS sold out in stores during the winter, so I suggest you stock up! I am pretty consistent about taking this in the winter. I take this one at night for more restful sleep, especially if I feel a sore throat or runny nose coming.
Be aware that various versions of this product are labeled for ages 2 and older, but some are labeled safe for ages 6 and older.
Vitamin C (from Organic Acerola)
Organic Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) juice concentrate
Organic Acerola fruit (Malpighia glabra) extract
Organic Proprietary Blend
Freeze-dried extracts of Lemon Balm leaf (Melissa officinalis), Grindelia flowering tops(Grindelia robusta), California Poppy tops (Eschscholzia californica)
Other Ingredients: Organic sugar cane, water, natural flavor from lemon juice.
Mary Ruth's Elderberry Syrup is free of added sugars and a great option for those who wish to stay away from animal sources. You can use code PARULWORKS10 for 10% off your Mary Ruth's order.
Per Serving: 150mg Black Elderberry
Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Non-GMO Vegan Vegetable Glycerin (sourced from Vegetable and/or Coconut Oil), Organic Non-GMO Vegan Citric Acid (from citrus), Organic Non-GMO Vegan Natural Raspberry and Blueberry Flavors (from Raspberry and Blueberry fruits).
This Gaia Kids Alcohol-Free Elderberry Syrup is safe for kids ages 12 months and older.
Organic Black Elderberry
[Sambucus nigra] fruit juice
[Malpighia glabra] fruit extract
Other Ingredients: Organic sugar cane, water, organic honey and lemon juice.
You can buy your own dried elderberries and make your own elderberry syrup!
There are many recipes online and you can control the sweetener. Just be sure NOT to use honey for babies less than 12 months old.
If using honey for age 1 and older, you need to be sure to add it AFTER the syrup has cooled down. Raw honey should not be heated.
I don't always give the kids a multivitamin, and they do eat a pretty well-balanced diet, which I believe is more important. I cannot recommend a gummy vitamin because I cringe at the thought of it sticking to teeth, as well as the amount of sugar they contain. Finally, my main reason for avoiding them is that psychologically, they look and taste like candy and I don't like the idea of them associating a supplement with candy. If I ever need them to take another pill or supplement, nothing will taste like that "candy one." Finally, I do not give/take ALL of the supplements listed below. I have listed 3 options per row to give options for a particular age group/individual. Please review these options with your trusted healthcare professional before beginning any supplement.
Garden of Life Vitamin Code Kids is a chewable tablet. The things I am mainly looking for in a vitamin is folate (vs folic acid) and sugar. This one has 1g per serving, which is okay, but the sources of sugar include things I don't particularly care for. This is probably one of the reasons I'm not so consistent with giving the kids a multivitamin. For example, the bottom of the nutrition label states:
Other Ingredients: Clean Tablet Technoloy™ Blend: Organic tapioca dextrose, organic gum arabic, organic sucanat cane sugar, organic erythritol, natural flavors, organic stevia (leaf), citric acid, organic coating.
Mary Ruth's liquid multivitamin is easy to swallow and I can add in probiotic drops, D3-K2 drops and basically anything else we need to in a day, which is why I've been using the combination of liquid supplements for over a year. You can use code PARULWORKS10 for 10% off your Mary Ruth's order.
I have not been consistent with taking a calcium supplement or giving the kids a calcium supplement. I try to include a variety of foods like broccoli, seeds, bok choy, kale, beans, lentils, salmon and yogurt with a Vitamin D supplement. However, if you are looking for a calcium supplement, these are the ones I have used in the past.
I've taken this supplement and I like that it has magnesium and Vitamin D for absorption, but I have been focusing more on my diet and including weight bearing exercise to preserve my bone density, since my mom has osteoporosis.
We don't eat nearly as much salmon and omega-3 foods as we should. I have given both kids fish oil since they were babies (age 6m+). DHA is crucial for brain development and clearly it works, because they are both applying to Mensa next year. J/K
Flora's Udo's 3-6-9 Blend is a vegan alternative to fish oil. While I alternate between brands, I like to take the liquid form of supplements whenever possible for optimal absorption.
Ingredients: Organic flaxseed oil, organic sunflower seed oil, organic sesame seed oil, organic coconut oil, organic evening primrose oil, organic soy lecithin, organic rice bran oil, organic oat bran oil, mixed tocopherols (non-GMO).
Vitamin D and Zinc have been shown to help prevent the spread of viruses, so I have been taking extra Vitamin D and including zinc in our daily regimen.
Mary Ruth's Vitamin D3 K2 is what I have been using. I combine this with the Mary Ruth's liquid multivitamin, and 2 drops of liquid zinc. You can use code PARULWORKS10 for 10% off your Mary Ruth's order.
I like that these Carlson's D3K2 drops have 2000 IU (stronger dose of D3) than the Mary Ruth's. I can add this to my water and not really taste a thing.
I don't really recommend giving kids zinc supplements, but if your primary care physician has recommended it, I like using Mary Ruth's liquid zinc because I can hide it with the other liquid vitamins. Just be sure to have the kids take it AFTER they have food in their tummy and start with just 1 drop. Zinc is strong and can cause nausea, diarrhea and many side effects. I prefer to give kids foods that have zinc (they don't need much daily!)
Health Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional. The ideas and opinions on this website are my own and not intended to be perceived nore acted upon as medical advice. I have listed these supplements in an attempt to provide information about the brands and products I use and/or recommend. Please seek the advice of a healthcare professional before giving supplements to a child or taking supplements yourself.
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