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Children not getting 'essential vitamins', experts warn

Young children are not getting the essential vitamins they need because parents are not giving them supplements, experts warned. The Health Food Manufacturers' Association found 59% of parents were not giving their children vitamin D supplements.

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'Over half' of parents failing to give essential vitamins

Over half of parents are not getting the essential vitamins they need because their parents are not giving them supplements, according to experts.

Vitamin D helps to build strong bones. Credit: PA

Children should have daily Vitamin D supplements, according to NHS guidelines, but 59% of parents admitted they did not give them to their kids.

In a wide-ranging survey from the Health Food Manufacturers' Association (HFMA), 64% of parents said they were satisfied with the amount of Vitamin D their child got from their diet.

The poll, which saw 10,000 UK adults questioned, including 5,800 parents, found that 76% of people didn't know that youngsters are advised to take Vitamin D supplements.

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