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Neither of my little girls eat enough fruit and vegetables and so I wanted to get them some vitamins to boost their immune system through the winter. My eldest got some Bassetts chewy vitamins but they are only for ages 3 and up so I had to find something suitable for my 2 year old and so having looked what was available I chose this one.
I bought the product on a 3 for £10 offer so it costs me £3.33 although it is usually about £3.80 a bottle so I got a little bit of a saving. You can buy this product from chemists and supermarkets.
The vitamins come in a cardboard box which is bright pink in colour and shows an infant on the front, inside the box there is a glass bottle which has the same design on it as on the box and the bottle holds 150mls of the product. On the front of the bottle it tells you that the medicine is a syrup, it contains 8 essential vitamins and it is suitable for ages 1 to 5.
The dosage of the medicine varies depending on the age of the child, for 1 to 3 years you use 1 x 5ml spoonful and for 4 to 5 years old you use 2 x 5ml spoonfuls. The medicine contains 100% of the RDA for vitamins A, C, D, E, Thiamin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin B6.
On opening the bottle you can smell a very string lemon scent which is actually a little sickly, the medicine in bright yellow in colour and is quick thin which means it is very easy to draw up into a syringe. I gave my daughter this the first day and she made it clear she didn't like it but she did take it however the second day she refused it totally and when I tasted it myself I can see why it has a very strong lemon flavour. I then decided to hide the medicine in my daughters drink to see if I could get her to take it that way but she just ended up leaving her drink as even a small 5ml dose could be both smelt and tasted in the juice. In the end to use the medicine up I put 2.5mls in a large beaker of juice and gave my daughter it over 2 drinks throughout the day.
I cannot say that this had any effect on my daughter and both my girls were ill over Christmas however when it comes to colds Emily seems to have only had slight colds through the winter instead of being full of cold all winter which seems usual for children. I think this did have an effect but this could be me as a parent hoping it did however due to the very strong flavour I wouldn't buy it again as it was too hard to get her to take it.
When my daughter moved to solid foods (well, mush!) at 6 months, I added the regular Abidec Orange Multivitamin Drops to her diet once a day. Now she's over one I use the Abidec Multivitamin Syrup with Omega 3, which is a multivitamin drop for children aged 1 to 5.
**Price and Availability**
The Abidec Multivitamin Syrup with Omega 3 is available from Boots and Superdrug and independent chemists as well as online retailers. It averages around £4.20 for a 150ml bottle.
Unlike the younger children's version which is in an orange / yellow box the Abidec Multivitamin Syrup with Omega 3 comes in a pink box.
It has a picture of a little boy on it and explains that it has Omega 3 and 8 essential vitamins. It also states that it is a fruity lemon flavour (I had expected it to be strawberry with the box being pink!)
Abidec Multivitamin Syrup with Omega 3 has 8 essential vitamins, Omega 3 (from fish oils) and is suitable for those with gluten, wheat and yeast intolerances / allergies.
The full ingredient list is as follows:
Purified water, glycerol, fish oil powder, sodium citrate, thickener: Xanthan gum, vitamin c (ascorbic acid), lemon flavouring, citric acid, sodium chloride, preservative: potassium sorbate, vitamin E (d alpha Tocopheryl acetate, sunflower seed oil), Niacin, Pathothenic Acid, vitamin B6, vitamin A (dl alpha tocopherol, vitamin A palmitate), Thiamin (Vitamin B1), vitamin D (dl alpha tocopherol, vitamin D, medium chain triglycerides).
Toddlers aged 1 to 3 years need 1 5ml spoonful a day, which I give after breakfast (my daughter is not quite two). Children aged 3 to 5 years need 2 5ml spoonfuls a day.
**Easy to Administer?**
Yes, the lemon flavour is fruity, not bitter, and my daugter recognises her 'magic spoonful' and opens her mouth wide for it because she knows it's nice! So yes, giving a daily dose of Abidec Multivitamin Syrup is very easy.
I think it's important to make sure your child has a varied diet however vitamin supplements help boost the immune system and maintain healthy growth so I'm happy to give her Abidec Multivitamin Syrup with Omega 3 and it's not expensive at all. She enjoys taking it, it's recommended to do so, and I'll continue to give her some form of vitamin supplement as she grows.
Overall I highly recommend Abidec Multivitamin Syrup with Omega 3, and will give it 5 stars out of 5.
When my girls turned 1 they were both small for their age, being at the bottom of the 'red book' growth charts which all babies have their weight measured against by health professionals. At their 12 month check it was recommended that the girls started taking vitamins to help ensure that they were getting all the vitamins they needed. After asking friends which vitamins they use the Abidec name was mentioned a few times and so I decided to give them a try and see if my girls liked them.
These vitamins for children aged 1 to 5 come in the form of a syrup in a 150ml glass bottle, the bottle is then packaged in a box. Both the bottle and the box provide you with the nutrition information and dosage. Contained in this multivitamin are varying levels of the RDA% (recommended daily allowance). The vitamins included are A, D, E, C, B1 & B6, they also provide Niacin and Omega 3. It is worth mentioning that when looking at the packaging it highlights in more than one place that these vitamins provide 100% of the vitamin D RDA. However reading the small print against the *** informs you that this is only for the age 4+ dose and that 1-3 year olds are only getting 50%. I'm not too concerned about vitamin D as feel that my girls do already get enough of this, but due to the concern around vitamin D deficiency and the rise of Rickets recently I feel this could easily be missed if just glancing at the product whilst shopping. (The following links to a news story on this for anyone interested http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20710026 )
Getting vitamins into your child
These vitamins are described on the packaging as being 'fruity lemon flavour', I found them more of a bitter lemon when I had a taste but my girls love them which is the main thing. They have a 5ml dose daily after their tea, this is the big end of the spoon that comes with Calpol. No spoon is provided with the vitamins so I use old Calpol spoons to give these vitamins which works well for us.
Price and availability
This multivitamin syrup is widely available, I stock up at Tesco where it has been on a long term 3 for 2 offer. A 150ml bottle costs £3.93 so the 3 for 2 makes a big difference. For a 1-3 year old this lasts 30 days and 15 days for a 4 or 5 year old.
Would I recommend?
Yes, these vitamins give me piece of mind as a parent that my girls are getting all the nutrients they need between their diet and this syrup.
We gave my mostly breast-fed daughter 'traditional' Abidec multivitamin drops when she was a baby, as I'd read that human breast-milk can be deficient in vitamin D if the mother isn't getting out in the sun very much.
Being of variously mixed race I have pretty swarthy skin, incidentally, and this vitamin-D-deficiency thing is supposedly more of a problem the darker your skin-tone happens to be.
I worried my baby son, who's not long started walking, was looking a bit bandy-legged ("Uh-oh, rickets" I thought, or possibly it could just be the effect of his nappy), and decided to start him on Abidec too. He doesn't get on with 'traditional' Abidec drops however, which are administered via a sort of dropper / syringe combo directly into the baby's mouth. I'm not sure if the dropper or the taste of the Abidec he objected to: the traditional type is a suspension in peanut oil (!!) (nut allergies bedamned) and smells pretty weird to me, if I'm being honest.
So we got Abidec Multivitamin Drops with Omega 3. It costs around the £5 mark, from supermarkets and chemists, for 150ml. Since you can never have too much Omega 3, apparently. This comes as a pale yellow, lemon-flavoured, somewhat gloopy liquid, in a little brown bottle with a yellow cap. A baby of my son's age (15 months) gets 5ml of the liquid per day - and an older child, like my five year old daughter, would have two 5ml doses. What they don't give you unfortunately is a 5ml spoon to measure it out with, which I think is a bit of an omission, as our household teaspoons turn out to be really surprisingly variable in size. You can however use the 5ml side of the plastic spoon (rinsed out beforehand) that comes with the 'Calpol' bottle instead. (I don't consider myself a total Calpol-obsessive, but we do always have a bottle of it in the house - and take it whenever we go on holiday or away for a couple of days -just in case.)
My sprog seems to accept the taste of the lemony Abidec better than he did the traditional peanut-oil based liquid, but it's always a bit of a struggle to get him to consume the whole 5ml dose as he will only sip at it a bit at a time. I tend to give it to him after his lunch when he's still in his high chair, otherwise he tends to lose interest and wander off. The level in the bottle is steadily going down and with any luck it'll readily supply any vitamins he's getting deficient in....
The only other thing I'd mention is that because the liquid's so thick it tends to run down the neck of the bottle after you've poured it, which is a slight pain as it's quite sticky when it begins to dry out.
The Uk Department of Health advises that children under the age of 5 need a higher intake of vitamin D-10 micrograms, rather than the general population RDA of 5 micrograms / This level of vitamin D is difficult to obtain from diet alone, so a supplement with vitamin D is recommended / Vitamin D is needed for healthy growth and bone development in children as it helps bones to absorb calcium / This lemon flavoured syrup is a great way to ensure intake of 100% RDA of Vitamin D along with 7 other essential vitamins, including Vitamin A and Vitamin C which contribute to a healthy immune system. It also contains Vitamin B1 which contributes to the development and functioning of the nervous system.