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Can my child take chromium?

You shouldn't give a child more than the Adequate Intake (AI) of chromium for his age, because higher doses haven't been fully studied. However, most supplements contain larger amounts, so check the label. Talk to your child’s doctor before giving your child any supplement or medication.

Here is the AI for children by age:
  • birth to 6 months: 0.2 micrograms (mcg)
  • ages 7 to 12 months: 5.5 mcg
  • ages 1 to 3: 11 mcg
  • ages 4 to 8: 15 mcg
  • boys ages 9 to 13: 25 mcg
  • girls ages 9 to 13: 21 mcg
  • boys and girls ages 14 to 18: 24 mcg

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