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Vitabiotics Wellkid Baby & Infant
Member Name: catrocks03
Vitabiotics Wellkid Baby & Infant
Advantages: Healthy, Tyler likes the taste, peace of mind if your little one is getting over an illness
Disadvantages: A tad expensive, smells disgusting, may not taste pleasant to some, looks like sludge
Until recently I didn't know you could get vitamin drops for toddlers as silly as that sounds I thought all vitamins were either the chewable type for young children or the pills for the older children and adults. However on a recent visit to get him weighed I spoke to my health visitor about how my son Tyler (almost 2) had been quite ill with a flu like virus and had only got his appetite back after around 2 weeks of being off food. He'd been barely eating and only accepted certain food- a couple of wotsits, perhaps a spoonful of yoghurt before screaming and pushing it away. She recommended if I had this problem again to get some vitamins just to make sure he's getting some goodness into him.
Recently he caught a really nasty D&V bug. His appetite wasn't as bad as last time but I couldn't tell how much he was getting as it was all coming up or shooting out! So while doing my weekly online shop I had a little search and came up with WellKid Baby & Infant vitamin drops.
The bottle comes in a bow showing a happy smiley baby. It boasts that it contains 14 vitamins & minerals (including vitamin D).It tells you it is suitable for 3 months to 5 years and is a natural orange and vanilla flavouring. The bottle has a sticker on it which is the same as the box.
The box does contain a 5ml medicine spoon but I've never been fond of these. I find them messy and very easy to over or under estimate the medicine. I've always preferred syringes- they're accurate and less messy. Tyler is more used to taking medicine this way so I just use a syringe I already had in the medicine cupboard.
The dosage is:
3-6 months: 2.5ml per day
7 months-5 years:5ml per day
Its important to remember that these vitamin drops aren't a replacement for a healthy diet- if you're little ones will only open their mouth for junk food this is not the quick fix. I'm sure this is obvious but always best to point out!
It is nice to know they are getting their vitamins though. Tyler loves his fruit but it can be a struggle getting vegetables in him. Our food processor broke a while ago but I intend to get a new one so I can blend down some vegetables and hide them in sauces but until then at least he is getting a similar goodness from this.
I have used it daily since I began giving to it. I'm not sure if it was coincidental or not but Tyler quickly got over his illness when I introduced these and seems more energetic since I began using these.
The vitamin drops claim to be a "Great tasting liquid". Tyler loves it but tyler seems to love anything offered in the syringe. In fact during the worst night of the bug I had to give him 10ml every 10 mins of water or he'd be sick and he even enjoyed having it from that. He's not yet rejected a medicine from the syringe. A friend of mine has also used these drops, she says its a real effort to get her kids to take it as they hate the taste.
I haven't tasted it myself but the scent of it is a very strong and I have to say its vile! The colour is also less than pleasant, it resembles something a little like sludge. This could be a problem if your offering a slightly older child it off a spoon- I'm not sure how a 5 year old would react to what appears to be sludge on a spoon! Its also a very sticky consistency. I spilt a tiny bit on my worktop recently and I really had to scrub it to get it off!
Id recommend washing the syringe or spoon (depending on your choice of administration) out shortly after using it as otherwise it'll need to be soaked for a little bit (syringes in particular as it can be harder to get inside these!).
Just like all vitamins its hard to tell if it works or not but you don't want to stop using them just in case! I probably won't buy another bottle unless I notice a huge difference simply because its a tad expensive! At 5ml per day and 150ml a bottle it should last us 30 days but it is £5.30 in Tesco which is an extra we can't afford every month.
If he was to get ill again however I would not hesitate to use it and if I really do notice a BIG difference in this month I will continue to use it.
He does seem brighter and his appetite seems bigger than ever but he has just got over an illness so I suppose it should be expected really!
Still for now this medicine (can you call it medicine? I've struggled with this throughout the review-medicine or vitamin drops?) gives me peace of mind that my little one is on the road to recovery and building his immune system back up!
Summary: A little expensive for everyday use but great for building them back up.
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