These nutrients are primarily used for building the body.

Then your body uses them as an energy supply, but also for the repair of the body and for all processes that are regulated within it.

Healthy food

To get all the nutrients we need, it is important to eat a healthy diet according to the Wheel of Five . But if for some reason your kids do not eat varied enough (for example when they are vegetarian or vegan ), they may still be missing some substances. Even if they only consume healthy food. In such a case, you can consider adding nutritional supplements. But it is important that you do this under professional guidance.

Incorrect dietary supplements

Recent research has shown that multivitamins for toddlers are often not well matched to their needs. For example, a number of brands contain an ‘unacceptably high dose’ of vitamin A or folic acid. And that can be dangerous.

Nutrients to watch out for with kids

Because children do not yet have everything they need to process certain substances, too much of something can in some cases cause health problems. That is why it is good for young children to pay extra attention to which nutrients are in which food. Because what we see as healthy food can sometimes be different for the little ones.

Note with: vitamin A.

Vitamin A (retinol) is generally found in animal products, such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy. But especially liver contains a lot of vitamin A. This nutrient is very important for, for example, the growth, eyes and resistance of a child.

The downside is that when you consume too much of it, vitamin A can cause poisoning. Now this will not happen very quickly in adults. For them, the safe upper limit is 3,000 micrograms per day. But for children up to three years old, this is 800 micrograms per day. However, the recommended daily allowance is between 300 and 350 micrograms for children up to five years old.

As a spread of liver sausage or pâté on bread, it is therefore not recommended for young children. There is 1,200 micrograms of vitamin A in one sandwich with pâté or spread liver sausage. That is four times the recommended daily allowance and one and a half times the maximum upper limit.

If you want to give vegetarian spread sausage as an alternative, please note that it often contains a lot of salt.

Vitamin A poisoning

The symptoms of vitamin A poisoning are: headache, nausea , dizziness, fatigue and abnormalities of the eyes, skin and skeleton. In pregnant women, this can increase the risk of birth defects in the baby.

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