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Good nutrition is essential for everyone, but it especially important for babies. Without the right nutrients, infants typically cannot grow and development properly. If you're concerned that your child is not getting enough of the nutrients he or she needs, baby vitamins may help. CVS carries a diverse assortment of vitamins formulated specifically for infants and makes it easy to shop for children's supplements online.

Bridging the Diet Gap

For the average baby, breast milk or formula supplies all of the vitamins and minerals that a child needs; however, some little ones may require more due to medical conditions or problems with feeding. Multivitamins for babies supply small doses of a number of key nutrients. Typically, they contain all of the essential vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate. In addition, infant multivitamins usually provide minerals like iron and calcium as well. In some cases, a baby may need to take a standalone vitamin or mineral supplement. For example, babies who are breastfed exclusively may need a vitamin D supplement.

Promoting Digestive Health

Medical professionals sometimes recommend probiotic supplements for babies. Probiotics contain live bacteria that plays a role in digesting food and supporting the illness-fighting actions of the immune system. Parents may give their babies an probiotic supplement to promote overall digestive health or to address digestive problems like diarrhea, if recommended by the pediatrician. At this time, there is not enough evidence to prove that probiotic supplements can provide benefits for all babies.

Baby-Friendly Forms

Baby vitamins and supplements are designed to be easy to administer to infants. Most often, the vitamins come in liquid form in a bottle with a medicine dropper cap. To give a baby a drop vitamin, you simply squeeze the dropper to draw in the medicine and then squeeze the dropper again to release a certain number of drops into your baby's mouth.

Supplementing Safely

Be sure to talk to your child's pediatrician or medical provider about your concerns regarding his or her nutrition. While baby vitamins contain beneficial nutrients, getting too much of a vitamin or mineral can pose a risk for side effects. That's why it's important to consult a health care provider before you add any supplement to your child's diet. You should carefully follow the directions for use printed on the supplement packaging unless a medical professional gives you other instructions.

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