Why should I be cautious when giving my child fortified cereal?

Joanna Dolgoff, MD
Pediatrics
There are a few reasons you should be cautious when giving your child fortified cereals, especially if they are also taking a multivitamin or supplement. In this video, pediatrician Joanna Dolgoff, MD, explains the details you should be aware of. 
Even with children who do not take supplements, parents should exercise caution to avoid excessive consumption of the nutrients such as vitamin A, niacin and zinc. A single serving of any food with 20% of the adult daily value per serving provides a complete or nearly complete recommended dietary allowance for vitamin A, zinc and niacin for children ages 1 to 3. A serving with 20% of the adult daily value provides 50-75% of the recommended allowance for children ages 4 to 8. Eating multiple servings of different foods fortified at more than 20-25% of the adult daily value can put children age 8 and younger at risk of exceeding tolerable limits.

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