Question: At what age should you start giving multivitamins to children? Should they or shouldn't they have fluoride? Also, where else can my 9-month-old get iron besides grains?
Answer: I recommend you start giving your child a children’s multivitamin at a low dose after the age of 6 months.
Giving flouride to children is a controversial subject, as fluoride is not naturally found in food and could be considered more of a medicinal substance rather than a nutrient. Even though it may reduce the risk of dental cavities, we still don't know the potential long-term risk of ingesting fluoride starting so young. I err on the side of caution and did not use it for my children, who were already resistant to cavities from their healthy diets.
Your 9-month-old can get iron from pureed peas, potato, watermelon and other vegetables in addition to what they can get from nursing.
My children’s multivitamin (Dr Fuhrman's Pixie Vites) comes as a powdered mix and contains 30+ fruit and vegetable extracts and no artificial sweeteners. I have never been satisfied with those “junk-food” children’s vitamins out there. It took me years to develop a high quality, child-friendly and pleasing formula without added sugar, beta-carotene, vitamin A, artificial sweeteners or colors, so I am very excited about them.