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What should I know before my child uses biotin?

Before your child uses biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, you should understand why your child needs it.

Some children are born with an inherited condition, biotinidase deficiency, which means they lack the enzyme needed to use biotin in food. (Common food sources of biotin include nuts, legumes and bananas.)

Children with the deficiency often have hair loss and skin rashes, as well as more serious problems, such as developmental delay, hearing loss and poor vision. These children must take biotin supplements.

Biotin may also be given to your child to help treat seborrheic dermatitis, a common skin rash. However, there is only limited evidence for biotin’s effectiveness in treating this.

As with any supplement, make sure you talk to your pediatrician before giving biotin to your child. 

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