My daughter is 11 years old. What vitamin should she be taking?
“Need Vitamins in N.J.”
Dear “Need Vitamins",
Most Doctors and Nurse Practitioners agree that a Multivitamin with Fluoride such as Poly-vi-Flor is the vitamin of choice for your daughter. As long as your daughter has no medical conditions that prevent her from taking vitamins she should take this chewable vitamin which can be prescribed by your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner. Poly-vi-Flor is recommended because most towns in New Jersey do not have Fluoride in the drinking water and Fluoride is needed in order to prevent dental carries. You can call your local water department to make sure there is no Fluoride in the drinking water of your town before taking the vitamin. If your child receives Fluoride from the dentist or drinks fluoridated water, you should discuss this with your health care provider because you don’t want your daughter to ingest too much Fluoride. Most health care providers stop prescribing Poly-vi-Flor between the ages of 12 and 14 years old. At that time a regular multivitamin such as one a day is recommended.
Lisa Kelly R.N., P.N.P., C.
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
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