When Vitamins Put Children At Risk

February 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

In a CTV Health News article, BC Children’s Hospital’s very own Dr. Ran Goldman, a researcher with the Child & Family Research Institute, warned parents to be cautious when giving vitamins to their children.

Although parents have great intentions giving their children vitamins in an effort to keep them health, in some cases they may actually be putting their children at risk.

Dr. Ran Goldman, a researcher with the Child & Family Research Institute, states in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy that while most vitamins are safe for children, some vitamins can cause serious problems when mixed with medications. They can even be toxic on their own, if taken at high doses.

For the article, Goldman and colleagues reviewed studies on reported “adverse events’ from vitamins and concluded that five vitamins are particularly worrying:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin D
  • Folic acid
  • Niacin

The researchers say these should be categorized as over-the-counter medications, just as pain relievers are.

“Labeling of vitamins, especially those intended for children and other vulnerable groups, should include information on possible toxicities, dosing, recommended upper intake limits, and concurrent use with other products,” the authors write.

Read the full CTV News article here.

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