Habitually rewarding your children with sweet, chewable vitamins may set the stage for accidental tragedy, according to the California Dietetic Assn.
"Given as rewards or treats, it's easy to understand how taking vitamins--even in large amounts--can be misinterpreted as harmless by young children," said Rita Storey, president of CDA. "Unfortunately, that misunderstanding often results in accidental poisoning."
Chewable vitamins and baby aspirin are the most frequently mentioned source of accidental poisonings in children under age 5, according to the federal Food and Drug Administration.
Need Questioned "You probably don't even need children's vitamins or mineral supplements around the house if you're feeding children the recommended number of servings from the four food groups--milk, meat, vegetables and fruits, breads and cereals," Storey said.