“ Brand: Tesco „
Although the best way to ensure your children stay fit and healthy is to make sure they eat well and exercise regularly, I always give my children a vitamin tablet in the mornings as if they are lacking anything, I hope they will get what they need from these tablets.
The packaging of these vitamins is nothing like the picture listed above. It is a bright orange and white pot with orange lid. The tablets themselves are much larger than I had expected them to be. They are large and round and pale orange in colour. To get an idea of the size, they are around 1.5x the size of a standard paracetamol tablet, and are quite a bit thicker too. They have quite a chalky exterior.
With a tablet of this size, a child obviously isn't expected to swallow it whole, like you would a paracetamol. They are chewable, orange flavoured vitamin tablets. As children have a tendency to be quite fussy, I did wonder if they would take to these, but they both happily take the tablet from me in a morning and chew away. I think the fact that they can eat it like a sweet, and that it has a nice fruity flavour to it, makes it easier to get a child to eat. Neither one of them have ever complained about the taste, and the eldest has actually claimed to quite enjoy it so its a win-win situation. They get a tasty sweet like product in a morning, and I get some extra vitamins and minerals down their necks.
These multi-vitamins are available in two different pack sizes - 30 tablets and 90 tablets and they are priced at £1.00 and £2.70 respectively. For me these are good value for money, as they aren't overly expensive, and if it helps your children get a few vital vitamins and minerals that they may be lacking, then you can't put a price on that.
These multi-vitamins have gone down much better with the kids than I would have anticipated. They like the taste of them which is a bonus and I get the peace of mind that they are helping to ensure my children get the vitamins and minerals that fussy kids may lack through diet and so these tablets get a big thumbs up from me.
There is a great deal of debate as to whether children really need to take vitamin supplements or not. I weighed both sides carefully before deciding to give my children Tesco children's multivitamins especially since I was already giving them Haliborange. I couldn't substitute the Tesco vitamins for the Haliborange as Tesco one do not contain fish oil, and ingredient I found very important because my children do not like fish. However, Haiborange does not provide any minerals, most notably iron and I know this is important for proper cognitive development. I compromised with a combination of one Haliborange capsule ( as opposed to the three you are meant to use) and one Tesco Multivitamin. My children do not take either religiously. I would estimate that they vitamins about 4 days a week. This is fine with me. I don't think we need an exact dose of vitamins every day as long as it evens out over the week, and I feel many vitamins are better absorbed through food. I use these even less in summer months when the children eat a lot of fresh fruit and outdoors most of the time. I look at this type of item as a top up rather than main source of important nutrients. I am glad however to note that Tesco vitamins do provide 100% of the recommended amount of vitamin D, a nutrient many in Northern Ireland are severely deficient in. I also like that these provide some vitamin C as this something the body can not store for future use like other vitamins.
Do they work?
My children have always been very healthy with very few colds, flus etc... However I suspect that is home education ( meaning less exposure to illnesses ) hand washing and a reasonably healthy diet play a larger role in that than these tablets. In all honesty these very well may not be needed, and there is no way of knowing how much benefit they provide the children. I have noticed one unusual thing though. I have taken these myself after being told by the Dr that I needed to take Iron. Turns out this isn't anywhere near enough at only 2.8 mg ( x 2 as I took 2 tablets) as opposed the 350 the doctor wants me to take. But when taking these my iron levels did rise slightly - something that never really happens when I take their large does of vitamins. The only other product to produce a similar rise in blood iron levels was IV Iron given in hospital. Now I'm not a Dr and this could be coincidence - but I've gone off their tablets a few times and onto these and every time there is slight improvement. Of course the Drs would crack if they found out. It may be the high does cause stomach bleeding with me and put me off eating, it may be that the iron in these is more digestible or it may be pure coincidence, but I do feel this is a decent product and it is ever so much more convenient then going into hospital 3 days in a row and spending 8 hours hooked to a drip. ( I am rather more anaemic than most and the few red blood cells I do have are deformed - my OB told me that the average stabbing had a higher red cell count than I did after IV iron).
Do they taste nice?
Yes. I think these have a lovely flavour, as do the children. They are a bit large and plain looking as opposed to centrum for children which is brightly coloured and comes in animal shapes. These are flat, round and greyish. But they do have a nice fruity flavour.
Will they give my child all the vitamins they need ?
No. These are not meant to provide 100% of children's required vitamins. This only provides 20% of a child's recommended allowance for Iron. Vitamin D is the only nutrient for which this provides the full recommended dosage and even then I would really want the child to get as much sunlight and natural vitamin D as possible. Excessive levels of vitamins can have harmful effects as well, so I do feel that lower amounts like this are helpful - after all the child should be getting vitamins from natural sources as well. These will never replace the need for a healthy diet, but they can provide a little extra help, and as children tend to go through spells of being fussy, I think this is a good idea in general.
These cost £2.70 for 90 at Tesco. they very frequently tune 2 for 3 specials on vitamins though and I always buy extra so I have never paid full price for these but end up paying £5.40 for 270. This usually lasts me close to a year. I feel this price is negligible, so I am happy enough to pay this just in case my children need that little bit extra from time to time.
My children have all been poorly with a nasty winter bug this year, and so I became a little worried when they were not eating. We decided we would pick up some multi vitamins for them to make sure they will still getting the vitamins they needed to get better. I had spoken to my health visitor before when my son was refusing to eat and she said it was perfectly fine to give them vitamins to top up their intake, as long as it isn't used for a long time solution. The first time we paid around £1.60 for a pot of 60 tablets. I think this is reasonable especially as there were other similar things for more than double the price. We have recently purchased a new tub but I was only able to find them in a pack of 120 for around £3. They come in forest fruits flavour which to be honest would not have been my first choice if there were different variations available.
I have tried one of these vitamins and they do taste very fruity, but the sweet side of the tablet really takes over. I can see why they would be attractive to children and this seems to work. All of my children are happy to take one, and even my five year old son who does not like take medicine was happy to give them a try. They are orange in colour which confused my children as they expected an orange taste. They are a tablet form rather than a jelly. I was a little worried that chewing them would result in them sticking to your child's teeth, but when I tried one I found they dissolved almost instantly. There was no strange after taste on the whole process was very simple.
These tablets promise to provide vitamins A, C, D and E along with a number of other vitamins and minerals. I was impressed with the percentage as it is a large amount of the recommended dosage for little one. This made me feel a little more at ease with them not eating so much while they were poorly. With a few of the promised vitamins these tablets actually provide 100% of the daily recommended allowance. Now I do not personally use these multi vitamins with my children often, but it does warn if you do so to make sure the child is also receiving a full balanced diet. When I take vitamins I never seem to notice any difference, and it seems to be the same for my children. There are no visual effects, but I do like them to have them while they are sick just to give me peace of mind. I do like to think it helps boost their immune system and fight of the bug but as they had been poorly for a few days anyway it is impossible to tell.
Dosage is one tablet a day for anyone three years and older. Any child under three should not take these vitamins. One downside for me is although they don't particularly look like sweeties; my children still ask if it's time for a sweetie. The sweet taste is perfect for making them fuss free for children, but maybe a little too much. Also the lid is terrible and seems to have no lock on it at all. Sometimes simply placing this into the medicine cupboard results in the lid falling off which can be very dangerous. Of course like with all medicines it should be kept out of reach of children but I do feel you need to take extra care with this poor packaging.
I know that a balanced diet is essential but I just found when my children were unable to eat these eased my worrying a little. There are no outstanding effects but I like to think these are good for boosting the immune system when your child is feeling a little run down. As you receive so many in the packet they do last for a very long time and I would not say they are overly expensive. My children were happy to take them, and it helped give me peace of mind. I would recommend these tablets to anyone looking for a boost for their children. They are made by Tesco so are only available to purchase there.