Posted by: Preach | 2005/07/28



Hi there,

My daughter is 22 months and is an "on and off" eater. Sometimes she has a very good appetite and other times she just refuses all food except a formula bottle. She does normally eat fruit like oranges, bananas and apples but not all the time. The longest she refused to eat was 3 days. During this time she mainly has her bottle (milk, water and juice), so I am not too worried and I doubt that she will let herself starve.

My question is this. Should I be giving her a kiddie multivitamen at this stage. I went to the chemist and they were all for it but I don't really want to trust them as they also need to make a sale. Also what would be the better one to give if I do decide to start using them.

She eats what we eat generally but we are both very busy and meals are not always the ones she likes or in fact on time. In which case she has toast and cheese, tomatoe or other things that are quick and easy.

Any suggestions would help

Kind regards,


Expert's Reply



Her eating pattern is not abnormal for a child of her age. I do not think that she needs multivitamins.

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Posted by: Mommy | 2005/07/28

My toddler was also like that and I took her off the Formula and replace it with cow's milk. She lost a lot of weight (was a little bit pudgy) and now also eats much better. She still loves her milk, but it doesn't make her as satisfied as the formula milk did.
She also eats joghurt and I make bredies with veggies in it for lunch. She loves it with rice and she then eats veggies without realising it. I also buy the Woollies convenience pastas that you can make in the microwave. These pastas are healthy and tastes very nice and she also loves them. I buy more than one in advance and keep them in the fridge for times that we eat food that I know my toddler doesn't like.

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Posted by: SLC | 2005/07/28

My Son is also 22 months (well almost) & I don't give him a multivitamin. He is on Nido & has a full bottle in the morning & one at bedtime. I believe that he is getting enough vitamins through his milk as there is so much in the formula already. He goes to creche so I give Viral Choice in the morning but it's not a multivitamin as such - just an immune booster. When summer comes I'll stop giving it.

If your daughter eats fruit (my Son doesn't so still gets the Purity ones) then give her the toast or whatever she will eat for supper & then some fruit - that way, you know she's getting goodness in from the fruit.

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