How can I get my child to take their supplements / pills?

Vitamin and mineral supplements are often useful back-ups if you are worried your child is not getting all the nutrients they need from their diets. And for those who have particularly restrictive diets for behavioural or medical reasons, vitamin and mineral supplements can be crucial to maintaining good health and preventing deficiencies. That said, getting a child to take their supplements can be easier said than done.

Here are some tips to try to take the stress out of supplements.  Much of this advice will help for trouble taking medicines too.  Continue reading “How can I get my child to take their supplements / pills?”

Calcium – am I getting enough?

Calcium is a mineral needed for the formation, growth and repair of healthy bones and teeth. It also helps the muscles and nerves to work properly, and helps to control weight and blood pressure.
Calcium deficiency is caused by a diet low in calcium or by malabsorption in gastrointestinal disorders such as Coeliac Disease or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Signs of calcium deficiency include poor growth and poor quality bones and teeth. Continue reading “Calcium – am I getting enough?”