Advertisement

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

Continue Learning about Minerals

Calcium Where You Least Expect It
Calcium Where You Least Expect It
If you don't do dairy -- or dairy doesn't agree with you -- it's easy to get your calcium in pills. But you miss the extras that you get by eating foo...
Read More
Is cobalt safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
No one knows if it's safe for pregnant women or nursing mothers to take cobalt supplements. Ther...
More Answers
What can cause high selenium levels?
Dariush Mozaffarian, MDDariush Mozaffarian, MD
The amount of selenium in foods varies widely, as it depends on the selenium content of the soil whe...
More Answers
Selenium Keeps You Young
Selenium Keeps You Young

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.