What nutritional deficiencies I need to be aware if my child is vegetarian? Should I give him a supplement?
May 7, 2017
When eating a balance vegetarian diet, most nutritional needs can be met through food consumption. However, children have higher demands of nutrients during growth stages, and some nutrients need to be watched more closely to prevent deficiencies. The nutrients that could be at risk for deficiency in vegetarian children are iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.
If you have any concerns, I recommend that you ask your family physician to do blood analysis. If your child is in a particularly fast-growing stage, it would be prudent to check the nutrient levels in his body. If a deficiency is detected, consider giving him a supplement. Work with your family physician to choose the appropriate supplements and dosages. Don’t give him any other unnecessary supplements.