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12 of the best multivitamins for kids

02 Apr 2022 • 10 min read

We all want the best for our children. Whether you’re looking to ensure your toddler is well rested, or support your teen’s immunity, we’re here to help make your job easier.

And because we know how picky they can be, we’ve included a wide range of vitamins in a selection of easily consumable formats, from liquid drops to tasty chewable gummies.

Not sure where to start? In this article we’ll provide you with all the information you need to help you choose the best multivitamins for babies, children’s multivitamins, plus multivitamins for teens to suit their wellness needs.

In this article, you’ll find out

  • Which vitamins children need
  • If vitamins for kids are the same as adult ones
  • If babies, kids and teens can have the same vitamins
  • 3 of the best multivitamins for babies
  • 6 of the best multivitamins for kids
  • 3 of the best multivitamins for teenagers

Should I give my child multivitamins?

According to the NHS, the Department of Health recommends that children from six months to five years old are given vitamin supplements containing vitamins A, C and D every day, particularly those who don’t eat a varied diet.1

Many over-the-counter supplements contain other vitamins and ingredients, so it’s a good idea to speak to your pharmacist supplements and which would be most suitable for your child.

Keep in mind that having too much of some vitamins can be harmful, so it’s important to keep to the recommended dose on the label.2

We’ll explain more as we go through.

What vitamins do children need?

Read on to find out what vitamins children need.

  • Vitamin D

Your and your child’s main source of vitamin D comes from sunlight on the skin.

Yet it’s important to keep your child covered up and protected from the sun, and with few foods containing vitamin D it can be difficult to ensure that your child is getting the right amount.

The Department of Health suggests that babies from birth to the age of one who are being breastfed should be given a daily vitamin D supplement, whether you are taking a vitamin D supplement yourself or not.3

However, babies who are having more than 500ml (around a pint) of infant formula a day, should not be given supplements as formulas contain vitamin D and other nutrients.4  

Children aged between 1 and 4 should be given a supplement containing 10µg per day.

Handpicked content: Guide to vitamin D for children & babies

  • Vitamin A

Vitamin A is really important for you and your child’s immune system.

It’s found in a variety of foods such as green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach and cabbage, other veg like carrots, sweet potato and swede, you’ll also find it in dairy products and fortified spreads.

It helps keep you and your skin healthy, and can even help to maintain normal vision.

It’s recommended that supplements containing vitamin A are suitable for babies and children aged 6 months to 5 years old.

Unless, as above, your child is getting more than 500ml of infant formula per day.5

  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for both you and your children. It’s necessary for the healthy functioning of the body.

Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C isn’t something the body stores so it’s important your child gets enough to help skin, bones and cartilage, supporting the immune system and it also helps your body absorb iron.6

It’s found in lots of fruit and vegetables, particularly fruits and leafy green veg.

Again, the department of health recommends taking vitamin C as a supplement for children from 6 months to 5 years old.

Are children’s vitamin needs the same as adults?

The need for vitamins is the same with adults and children, however the dosage required by children will be less.

For example, if an adult was to take children’s multivitamins – they would find the levels of vitamins and nutrients insufficient, unless of course they have been advised to by a medical professional.7

Is it good to take a vitamin every day?

As per NHS guidelines, children aged between 6 months and 5 years old should take a daily supplement that covers vitamins A, C and D.

Do babies, children and teens need the same vitamins?

Generally speaking, all three need the same kinds of vitamins. However, the dosage needed increases as they get older, which is why it’s important to buy vitamins specifically made for each age group.

What is the best multivitamin for kids?

We'll take a look at what might be suitable, should you choose to invest in a multivitamin for your children. 

3 of the best multivitamins for babies

Read on to learn more about 3 of the best multivitamins for babies.

  1. Best liquid multivitamins for newborn babies

Recommended age: Newborn to 3 years

With vitamins C, D Zinc and elderberry, the H&B Baby Immunity liquid is designed to help the normal functioning of your baby’s immune system – in a delicious elderberry flavour. Plus, this liquid is suitable for both vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

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  1. Best vegan multivitamins for babies and toddlers

Recommended age: 1 month onwards

If you’ve got a baby and a toddler in your family, you might be looking for a multivitamin that they can both enjoy.

And that’s where the H&B Baby Multivitamins Liquid comes in.

With 9 different vitamins, including vitamin A, C, D, E, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 in one handy product, it’s perfect for supplementing modern day living. And it’s in a juicy orange flavour, so what’s not to love?

What our customers say

RLTMum - Brilliant vitamin option for my toddler – 5/5 stars

“We were recommended this vitamin liquid by a friend, as my son wasn’t keen on the taste of a big brand alternative and I didn’t like that it was packed with sugar. Holland & Barrett’s natural orange flavour liquid has been a game changer! My little boy absolutely loves it and now gets excited for his vitamins, and I’m relaxed in the knowledge it’s not added sugar.”

Sophie1404 - Good price for the size – 5/5 stars

“My little one loves it and thinks it's a treat to drink.”

  1. Best kids’ multivitamin liquid for babies

Recommended age: 6 months to 4 years old

This multivitamin liquid by Wellbaby is made with Swiss Alpine malt and contains a comprehensive range of 14 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, C and D.

It contains no artificial colours or sweeteners or peanut oil and is suitable for vegetarians.

What our customers think

Phillll – No issues, happy with product – 5/5 stars

“My daughter has been having this in her cereal every day from 0-3.5 years now with absolutely no issues. She has no idea she has been having vitamin supplements, we just stir it into the milk, zero problem.”

Ayaan123 – would recommend – 5/5 stars

“Son loves it, takes of the spoon no issues, would recommend good value for price, fast delivery”

6 of the best multivitamins for kids

Read on to learn more about our 6 best multivitamins for kids.

  1. Best kids’ multivitamins soft jell

Recommended age: 3 years old and onwards

Nature’s way Alive! Children’s soft jells are specifically designed for children aged 3 years+.

These jells contain vitamin C to support immunity, vitamin D to aid bone health, as well as iodine and zinc to support normal cognitive function.

Iodine also contributes to the normal growth of children.

This unique blend of 26 fruits and vegetables has a delicious, natural orange and berry flavour which is suitable for vegetarians.  

These soft jell tablets do not contain gluten, soya, dairy, yeast, artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.

What our customers think

Annik - Yummy gummies – 5/5 stars
“My four-year-old and seven-year-old love these, 60 pieces enough in the bottle for both boys for a month. One like the strawberry one and the other loves the orange flavour so win win.”

AnotherHappyCustomer1 – Very good – 5/5 stars
"Very good ingredients and vitamin balance. No unhealthy sweeteners or sirups."

  1. Best kids’ multivitamin gummies

Recommended age: 3 years old and onwards

Holland & Barrett Super Strawberry Multivitamins chewable gummies are a soft, chewable capsule that contain a range of vitamins and minerals, which are suitable for children over the age of 3.

Made especially for growing children, these super strawberry chewable soft gummies contain essential vitamins and minerals.

These include vitamin A which contributes to the maintenance of normal vision, vitamin D which is needed for normal growth and development of bones in children and contribute to the maintenance of normal teeth.

As well as this, vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress and vitamin C contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism and normal function of the immune system.

What our customers think

Marie82 – Yummy jelly vitamins – 5/5 stars

“My kids love these vitamins. They are easy to take and are just like jelly sweets. The other harder vitamins were chalky and they refused to take them.”

MummyMelton – Would recommend – 5/5 stars

“Great product, my kids love taking them which is half the battle”

  1. Best kids multivitamin for sleeping

Recommended age: 3 years old and onwards

Looking for a kids’ bedtime multivitamin? 

Look no further than the H&B Kids Nighttime Gummies. With cherry extract, ashwagandha, green tea extract, glycine, and chamomile extract in one tasty cherry flavoured gummy.

What our customers think

Amy23 – These work – 5/5 stars

“I give my daughter these a hour before bed and she isn’t up and down all night now

  1. Best chewable tablets

Recommended age: 4-12 years old

WellKid Chewable tablets contain vitamins A, C and D.

They are made with children’s specific needs in mind to provide a broad range of 21 essential nutrients to help your child’s nutritional intake, with a natural fruity flavour.

What our customers think

Mecheeee – Great item – 5/5 stars

“Excellent cover of vitamins. My 10 year old preferred the taste of these rather than liquid version. Overall impressed, only on week three of her having them so not sure how much her levels would have changed yet but was advised at least 4 weeks.”

Panteraaa – Thank you! – 5/5 stars

“The best Vitamins ever. My kids love them. Amazing price for amount of Vitamins. Very good quality and taste.”

  1. Best kids’ multivitamins for immunity

Recommended age: 4 years old and onwards

Want an easy way to support your kids’ immune system?

These H&B Expert Kids Triple Action Immune Support Chewables offer exactly that. They’re packed with vitamin C, D3, zinc, selenium, copper, black elderberry, but that’s not all.

They also contain one billion clinically studied live friendly bacteria which have been to support their gut microbiome, since experts believe that 70% of our immune system is based in the gut.8

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  1. Best vegan multivitamins for kids

Recommended age: 7-14 years old

Wellkid Marvel Multi-vits soft jellies provide 12 nutrients including vitamins A, C, D and E as well as all 8 B-complex vitamins.

The great tasting natural strawberry flavour soft jellies are formulated to safeguard the nutritional intake of children aged 7-14 years.

They’re a great tasting multi-vits soft jelly that are perfect for young superheroes everywhere.

What our customers think

Polydorus Z, recommended to up a vegan diet – 5/5 stars

“Great tasting vegan vitamins for kids which bring peace of mind to parents during Veganuary and beyond.”

Alissa HN – Happy Child – 5/5 stars

“My child loves the taste of these and feels like they are getting a sweet rather than a vitamin but knowing they are getting the vitamins is great.”

3 of the best multivitamins for teenagers

Read on to find out more about our best multivitamins for teenagers.

  1. Best multivitamin gummies for teenagers

Recommended age: 11 years old and onwards

On the hunt for some vegan multivitamins to give to your teenager?

Enter the H&B Teen Multivitamin Gummies with Omega-3. With 12 different vitamins, including vitamin B1, flaxseed oil, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin K, biotin, niacin, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, vitamin D, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin B2 – all wrapped up in one lemon flavoured gummy.

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  1. Best multivitamin for teens

Recommended age: 13 years old and onwards

Holland & Barrett Mega Vita-Min Teen formula provides a comprehensive blend of essential vitamins and minerals, specially formulated for teenagers.

Each capsule combines a range of nutrients to help meet the unique dietary needs of developing teens.

Amongst other vitamins and minerals, Megavitamin Teens Capsules contains iron, vitamin D, C, B6 and B12.

What our customers think

Mindless – very good product – 5/5 stars

“Good price and I have seen a difference since my kids have been taking it.”

Zee111 – Great product will purchase again – 5/5 stars

"Great product. Priced well. Will be purchasing again"

  1. Best effervescent multivitamins for teens

Recommended age: 13 years old and onwards

For an alternative to gummies, you could let your teenagers try these H&B Teen Immunity Effervescent Tablets in a tasty blackcurrant flavour.

In one fizzy beverage, your teens will get a dose of vitamin A, C, D, zinc, selenium as well as elderberry extract. Plus, they’re suitable for vegetarians!

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Best multivitamins for teenagers

The bottom line on kid’s vitamins

The department of health recommends that babies and infants from the age of 6 months to 5 years take a vitamin supplement which covers vitamin A, C and D – particularly if your child is a fussy eater.

It is possible for your child to get enough of these through a well-balanced, healthy diet.

However, it can be difficult particularly with vitamin D that we get from sunlight when looking to protect your child from sun damage.

There are many supplements on the market to pick from, we’ve just chosen a few that may be appropriate. You can check out the full range by using the link below.

Or if you would like further information on how best to support your youngsters, arrange a free online consultation with one of our experts, so you can chat through your questions from the comfort of your home.

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 2 April 2022

bhupesh-panchal

Bhupesh Panchal

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Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate

Joined Holland & Barrett: April 2019

Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry

Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.

After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.
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