Are Your Kids Lacking In Vitamin D?

October 12, 2011 Updated Oct 12, 2011 at 9:25 PM EDT

By WKBW News

October 12, 2011 Updated Oct 12, 2011 at 9:25 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Should your kids take a multivitamin?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most children don't need them, if they are eating a balanced diet, but pediatricians at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital recommend multivitamins for one big reason: vitamin D.

Their report shows that many of us are vitamin D deficient.

Cleveland Clinic pediatricians say exclusively breastfed infants or babies drinking less than 1 quart of baby formula a day should receive a vitamin D supplement, as should children who don't drink at least 32 ounces of milk a day.

Doctors say a blood test is the only way to know for sure if a child has a vitamin D deficiency, but there are other signs parents can look for.

They say If you have a kid who is a little run-down, is a picky eater or who gets more colds than the average bear, you ought to probably go ahead and start a multivitamin.

Doctors say even if you are giving your child a multivitamin, it's still important for them to be eating a well-balanced diet.

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