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Vitamin Deficiencies

Vitamin Deficiencies

We all know about the five portions of fruit and veg adults need to maintain a healthy diet, but how can you be sure your kids are getting all the vitamins they need, and what are the possible signs that they are not?

Vitamins are vital for the development of the brain as well as the body and the best way to ensure kids get the nutrition they need is to give them a healthy diet. Staples include milk and dairy, oily fish such as sardines twice a week, lean meat, pulses like beans and peas, bread and fresh fuit and veg.

Not enough vitamin A (found in beef, liver, organic eggs, spinach and carrots) can impair sight, the immune system, brain functions such as memory, and cause children to lose hair, weight, have weak bones and low energy. Not enough vitamin B (found in pasta, rice, chicken, dairy products and vegetables) can also impair brain function, lead to depression and moodswings, and result in heart problems later in life. Not enough vitamin C, found in fruit and veg, can lead to poor skin, hair and bones.

One of the commonest deficiencies in kids is vitamin D, found in oily fish, egg yolks and natural sunlight. Vitamin D is vital for bone and muscle strength and the symptoms that your child might not be getting enough include tiredness, muscular aches and pains and, in very severe cases, soft bones. Iron, found in eggs, tuna, salmon, green veg, beans, peas and some breakfast cereals, is another common deficiency in kids and can cause low energy, shrinking appetite, a fast heart rate and irritability.

There’s plenty of advice available on how to help your kids get all the vitamins they need in their diet, but lots of people choose to take a supplement as well. For kids over six months, a supplement that provides A, C and D can be useful, but they are no substitutes for food. Your doctor or paediatrician will always be on hand to help you with specific advice if you think your child isn’t getting enough.

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My 8 yr old son's adult teeth are severely discoloured. He has white marks on some teeth but his bottom adult teeth almost look orange (the colour deepens towards his gums). I brush his teeth twice daily with a childs sonic tooth brush and have even tried whitening tooth paste but to no avail. I have seen two different dentists - one who said its just the colour of his teeth and he could whiten them later. The other said he just isn't brushing them properly?! As we all know children can be cruel and im concerned that my gorgeous boy may be picked on, as even I agree, his teeth do not look healthy.





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my child has swollen fingers at the bottom of the nail bed. She also has extra bone or lumps under her knuckles. what could this be?





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my 8 year old grandson, has discoloured teeth, his teeth seem to have a marble effect going through the teeth than discloured due to staining, seems to be the tooth then something on 'top' of the teeth discoloring them. It appears they have grown this way. Have you heard of this before and what can be done about it and where.





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hello our daughter has a black stained tongue, been to drs they said it is thrush, treated it with some antibiotics, it has not gone away. getting very worried does anyone know what it is???? please help advice needed, and no she has not had any sweets.





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Take children probiotic gummy as long child 4 older.. Probiotic helps bring the ph balance back to normal .. It usually sign has over growth of yeast in her body ... Which not treated leads to bacteria or health issues .. By giving body good Bacteria your protected ur body.. There are natural ways fruit with seed will help.. Down line when she adult ultimate flora is wonderful.. If want know if have a overgrowth of yeast there test and long list of things can happen to body when there isn't a enough good Bactreia . This might sound gross spit in glass of water if spit sinks or long strains spit. That is signs over growth of yeast .. The whole world would past. Because of all that process food.


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