Vitamin supplements Generally, a balanced diet including the four food groups (fruit and vegetables, milk products, meat and meat substitutes, and grain products) should meet all vitamin needs for most children. The Canada Food Guide, available online, is a thorough reference tool that will help you choose foods for your family. Therefore, most children don’t need to take a vitamin and mineral supplement. However, it may be necessary for some children, who, for example, present certain particularities, growth-related or specific health problems, to take one. This list includes children who: have significant food allergies or intolerances have food restrictions eat very little or have a very unbalanced diet follow a vegan diet Remember that food contains other important nutrients that vitamin supplements don’t offer, such as fibre, carbohydrates, protein and essential fatty acids. Cultivate the joys of eating well because a healthy and varied diet cannot be replaced by supplements! Avoid giving your child vitamin supplements without first talking to a health professional, such as a doctor. Intoxication risks exist and cases of overdose toxicity (hypervitaminosis) are possible. Your pharmacist can provide information regarding the choice of a vitamin and mineral supplement and the appropriate dosage for your child. Several commercial formulations exist: chewable tablets, gummies, liquid form, etc.