Great Ways to give Vitamins and Minerals to Your Child
We talk to moms and dads all the time who have come up with wonderful, creative ways to give supplements to their kids. Here are our best ideas for how to give probiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamins and fish oil.
Mixed with Fruit Juice, Smoothies or other Drinks
This is probably the most popular way to give our vitamins and minerals. Many moms and dads have told us that the following juices have worked well for them:
- Unfiltered Organic Pear Juice
- Orange Juice
- Citrus/tropical juices or mixed juices often onceal the vitamin taste the best
- Smoothies or shakes
- To reduce sweetness, add soda water or natural mineral water.
Mixed with Soft Foods
Many soft foods mix well with powder supplements.
- Sorbet/GFCF ice cream
- Applesauce or mashed banana
- Mix with spaghetti sauce after it has been cooked.
- NOTE: Please do not cook or bake with our supplements.
Special Cup or Bottle, with a Straw!
Some children drink all their juice with meals; others “graze” all day. It’s fine to mix vitamins and minerals into a drink in a sports bottle or other container for little grazers to sip on throughout the day.
For some kids, it works well to put their vitamins into a favorite cup with a straw (maybe one with a favorite cartoon character or logo on it!), creating a consistent, appealing routine that they will soon expect and count on.
Covered cups or bottles help to hide appearance which can make a big difference for children who have sensory issues. For perceptive drinkers, using a straw helps hide the image of something floating in their cup.
Drink them Straight
Some children prefer to have control over their liquid supplements, and to drink them straight-up. When Terri’s son got old enough to tell her what he wanted, he asked to drink his vitamins from a Dixie cup, rather than from a syringe.
Make Popsicles, Ice Cubes or Gelatine Cups
Some very innovative moms have told us they have had good success putting vitamin doses into small homemade Popsicles that their kids eat with meals. Some parents even mix our supplements into vegetarian gelatin to make into small gelatin cups.
Vitamins and minerals can also be frozen into ice cubes, one dose per cube. The child can either suck the cube, or it can be put in a drink.
Teach and reinforce taking supplements during ABA sessions.
Give supplements paired with a highly motivating reinforcer such as TV, computer, a sticker/token, a preferred food, a favorite toy, a high-five or a hug!
Other Bright Ideas
- Many other types of supplements can be mixed with our liquid vitamins and minerals, to make supplement-giving easier. We don’t suggest giving fish oil this way, though, as it tends to change the texture too much, and some kids will refuse to take it.
- You can get children’s taste buds used the new flavors by starting with a tiny dose of Probiotics or digestive enzymes in a preferred type of juice and slowly increasing the concentration over a week or more.
- Fish oil liquid is best taken chilled and can be well tolerated straight. Do not assume children won’t enjoy it - let them try it first. Alternatively, oils are easily hidden in foods containing fat. Do not expose fish oil to high heat.
- Powders can be mixed with a little honey.
Things to Avoid:
- Don’t cook or bake with, as this could affect the potency of the nutrients.
- Don’t heat fish oil or add it to really hot foods, as this may alter the structure of the oil.