How do I choose a multivitamin for my teenager?

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A simple multivitamin would be all that is warranted for a teenager. A well balanced diet would cover the needs for vitamins. However, many teenagers don't eat this type of diet.
Before you choose a multivitamin for your teenager, talk to your pediatrician. If your teen eats a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy products, then she's probably getting adequate vitamins and minerals from her diet and doesn't need to pop a pill.

But if she's skipping meals or eating a restricted diet, ask her doctor about the need for a multivitamin. When choosing one, read the labels to make sure the amounts of vitamins and minerals don't go above the recommended dietary allowance.

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