Safe Children\'s vitamins

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Sorry if I'm bringing up this topic again after it's already been discussed but after reading all the posts on this I still do not feel comfortable. I have searched high and low at stores and found only one brand to be safe. It was the Target brand of children's vitamins. Well, recently they changed their labeling and do not have the ones we used [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] So I am back to square one. In all the vitamins they have natural flavors with of course no explanation of what those consist of. What does everyone use again and of those...who have called on the natural flavors. Then I can feel better, buy one and call myself. Thanks so much.

On Jan 15, 2003

We use Flintstone's. I'm sure that I called but I do not remember their response. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] Whatever it was, it made me comfortable. We have never had a problem.

------------------ Be safe, ~Dawn~

On Jan 15, 2003

We use the Flintstone Firsts (for 2-3 year olds) and haven't had any problems.

Jaime

On Jan 15, 2003

We also used Flintstones, but did not call. No problems. becca

On Jan 15, 2003

I have not used Flinstones, but called on them and the woman said she would not recommend them "if your child is that severely allergic" because they cannot guarentee the materials they get from outside vendors. I am not sure what exactly that means, but I decided not to use them. I called them probably within the past month or two.

I did call on Gerber's baby vitamins and they checked (and double checked) on any possible cross-contamination and they said they were safe. They are only good for up through age 3, though. That is what we are using for now.

On Jan 16, 2003

We use Poly Vi Sol vitamins by Enfamil, Carson is only two. I didn't call, but we have never had a problem with them.

Take Care, Amy

On Jan 16, 2003

Yummi Bear vitamins are also safe, I'm told.

On Jan 16, 2003

This is from a previous post, but maybe it will help. We still use the Vi-Daylin with no problems.

Abbott Laboratories - Ross Products Division manufactures "Vi-Daylin" lemon-orange flavored liquid multi-vitamins, product #3606-03 (16 oz) or #3606-02 (8 oz) and cherry chewable multi-vitamins w/iron, product #4519-3 or orange chewables #4520-13. All are PA safe and are made for children and adults. "Bethany and Melinda" in Ross' Consumer Relations 1-800-227-5767 conducted extensive research/inquiries for me and none of these products contain peanut or are manufactured in a plant w/ peanut. They cannot be ordered on-line, but may be found (usually special ordered, that's why I gave you the product numbers) in local pharmacies (i.e., not available in supermarket pharmacies or stores like Wal-Mart). BTW, the liquid is also available w/ iron (lemon-lime flavor) as #6992-03 (16 oz) and #6992-02 (8 oz). None of these vitamins contain aluminum (and for those of us who are vegetarians, the liquid contains 75% vitamin B-12 and does not contain any animal products). Also, Ross' "Pediasure" for children is PA safe and comes in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and banana cream flavors.

------------------ Stay Safe, Fran

On Jan 31, 2003

My peanut/tree-nut allergic child has used the Spring Valley Children's vitamins sold at Wal-Mart without any problems.

On Mar 17, 2003

I just called about Poly Vi Sol and Enfamil told me that there are no peanuts/tree nuts in the vitamins. The only thing that could be allergenic is corn.

On Mar 17, 2003

We also have used poly-visol for some time now and have had no problem.

On Mar 17, 2003

We use Flintstones with no problems.

On Mar 20, 2003

We also use Flinstones without problems. Good luck!

On Mar 21, 2003

We don't trust anything since she got too old to use the Poly-Vi-Sol (which I also called about)

Instead, we feed our dd Vitamin fortified cereals (from GM, naturally!!)like Kix or Chex as a snack food instead of popcorn or tortilla chips. (She likes Clifford a lot) Same difference, IMHO.

Hope this helps. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Aug 27, 2003

Today I bought Sea Buddies Daily Multiple vitamin from Whole Foods. I called the company and the lady went over everything with me. There are not peanut and/or tree nut products. The vitamin A is derived from fish liver oil but she assured me there is no fish protein in the vitamin A and in fact, if my son were allergic to fish (he isn't that I know of), he would still be able to take this vitamin. The other ingredient I'm not so sure about is stevia leaf which she said is a natural sugar. What do you guys think?

On Aug 27, 2003

heather2 - if you have a chance, could you post the contact info; I'd be happy to call to see if I get the same info. Is this a Whole Foods brand or another company sold at the store? Thanks - we're looking for good safe vitamins, too.

On Aug 28, 2003

Thank you so much, Yonit. Contact info:

Sea Buddies Kid's Products 825 Challenger Drive Green Bay, WI 54311 800-783-2286 [url="http://www.enzy.com"]www.enzy.com[/url]

It is not a Whole Foods product, just one that I bought at Whole Foods. DS took the vitamin this morning with no problems. In fact he said it tasted good.

On Aug 28, 2003

Heather2 - I called today, and got mostly the same information. The CSR also said that if the packaging says "made BY" their company, it is produced in their plants; if it is a product that says "made FOR" their company, they contract it out elsewhere and can't guarantee. She could not give any info on all their raw ingredients, as they make several hundred products. She said she'd forward my questions to their "medical education" department and get back to me, but they "would have to call about a thousand distributors to find out which raw ingredients may come from a plant with peanut products." This seems to be the same answer as other vitamin companies I've called, including Bayer and Centrum. I'll post with any other info if she calls back. I think it's always back to comfort level decisions.

On Aug 28, 2003

Thank you SO MUCH. I'll have to go home and look at the package and see what it says.

On Sep 3, 2003

OK - FYI, I tasted these vitamins last night for myself and they are gross. They leave the worst after taste. No wonder DS doesn't want to take them. I'm going back to Yummie Bears even though he'll have to take 4 a day.

On Sep 17, 2003

I have finally found a vitamin that I'm happy with. It's called Animal Parade by Nature's Plus. It doesn't contain aspertame. I called the company and it is safe from peanut/tree nut products so I tried it with my son...he likes them and he's taking them. He does have to take 2 a day but that's ok since they taste good. I bought the orange flavor and tried them myself...they pass the mom taste test.

Correction - it should Nature's Plus not Nature' Path - my mistake.

[This message has been edited by Heather2 (edited September 18, 2003).]

On Sep 17, 2003

These are the ones we found too!!!!! They are safe from dairy and egg also.

On Sep 17, 2003

Where do you buy Nature's Path vitamins? Does anyone have their website link? Thanks!

On Sep 17, 2003

Anybody ever use Natural Factors ? It's a Canadian company, they put out a Jungle Juice flavor and they're quite good. I was told they were safe and we used them pre-PA with no problems. For a long time my DS wouldn't eat anything fruit flavored except this. I also like the fact that there's no artificial sweeteners, also they can take two a day, so if they have an off day eating I just give them another vitamin in the evening.

On Sep 18, 2003

[url="http://www.naturesplus.com"]http://www.naturesplus.com[/url]

I bought them at Bread and Circus.

On Feb 13, 2007

I just called Nature's Plus (800)645-9500 regarding their Animal Parade vitamins to confirm that they and the facility that they are manufactured in are free of any peanuts or tree nuts.

The CSR was not very knowledgeable and kept on having to ask someone the questions I was asking. He said that there are no tree nuts in the facility but there are peanuts. But they clean the facility . . . blah, blah, blah . . .

I asked to talk to his supervisor or who he was getting this information from. He put me through to a product specialist who I left a voice message for.

Has anyone heard of peanuts in the facility that produces Animal Parade Vitamins? Can someone else double check Nature's Plus response? I also sent in an email via their on-line form to see what response I would get back. I will post once I hear.

[This message has been edited by BBCBMom (edited February 15, 2007).]

On Feb 13, 2007

We recently started using the generic Target brand Children's Gummy Multi-Vitamins. There is a statement on the bottle which reads [b] This product contains no wheat(gluten), milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. The facility that manufactures this product also produces products that contain wheat(gluten), and milk, using different equipment.[/b]

I wish every product was labeled this way [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Feb 13, 2007

2Busyboys- do you know if they contain iron? I have had trouble finding one labeled well that also contains iron. Thanks!

On Feb 13, 2007

watch out beause theres a report out there that generic vitamins contain lots of mercury and/or lead

On Feb 13, 2007

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Originally posted by PennMom: [b]2Busyboys- do you know if they contain iron? I have had trouble finding one labeled well that also contains iron. Thanks![/b]

No iron in the Target Children's gummy multi-vitamin.

On Feb 13, 2007

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Originally posted by tidina: [b]watch out beause theres a report out there that generic vitamins contain lots of mercury and/or lead[/b]

Do you have a link to this report? Sounds like an interesting read.

On Feb 14, 2007

[url="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/"]http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/[/url]

On Feb 14, 2007

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Originally posted by tidina: [b] [url="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/"]http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/[/url] [/b]

Thanks. No mention of mercury in this report and one brand of vitamin was found to have excessive amounts of lead.

On Feb 14, 2007

yes thats why i wrote and/or. i even asked my husband last nite if it was lead or mercury and he said mercury but the report says lead. my husband has the worst memory!!

On Feb 14, 2007

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Originally posted by tidina: [b]yes thats why i wrote and/or. i even asked my husband last nite if it was lead or mercury and he said mercury but the report says lead. my husband has the worst memory!![/b]

I appreciate the link. Quite helpful but you had me concerned that I could be exposing my kids to mercury and/or lead through our "generic" Target vitamins!

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