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Can a Child Overdose When Taking Two Flintstone Vitamins?



A major concern with children taking vitamins is fear of an overdose. For children taking Flintstone vitamins, is it possible to overdose when ingesting two tablets?

 

Flintstone Vitamins Come in Various Forms

 

There are several varieties of Flintstone multi-vitamins designed to supplement a child's nutrition and health needs. Although the vitamins are available without prescription in physical and online stores, discuss your child's diet with a doctor to determine if and what supplementation is needed. Supplements make up for whatever vitamins and minerals may be lacking due to not enough intake of the foods and beverages that carry those nutrients. The Flintstone vitamins, chewable and in the shapes of the cartoon's characters, come in the following formulas: Complete, Gummies, Sour Gummies, with Extra Calcium, with Extra Vitamin C, with Extra Iron, and My First (for toddlers).

 

Formulas Vary the Amount of Each Component

 

Components amounts may vary according to the particular formula, but here is what they aid in:
    Vitamin A: proper development of the bones, skin, hair, and teeth
    Vitamin D: works with calcium and phosphorous for developing bones and teeth
    Vitamin E: nerves and muscular functions
    Vitamin K: blood clotting
    Thiamin aka Vitamin B1: energy levels and the nervous system
    Riboflavin aka Vitamin B2: metabolism and nerve cells
    Niacin aka Vitamin B3: energy levels, nerve cells, the digestive system
    Vitamin B6: blood glucose levels and the nervous system
    Vitamin B12: nerve cells
    Boron: proper development of bones and joints
    Folic Acid: the development of red blood cells and DNA for reproduction
    Manganese: the immune and nervous systems; the processing of proteins and fats
    Potassium: nerve cells, the digestive system, and the production of insulin
    Biotin: energy from carbohydrates; cell formation
    Phosphorous: proper development of teeth and bones; kidney function
    Pantothenic Acid: the processing of fats and sugars
    Calcium: proper development of bones and teeth; muscular and nerve functions
    Iron: protein and cell growth
    Iodine: metabolism and thyroid regulation
    Magnesium: the immune and nervous system
    Zinc: the immune system and ability for wounds to heal properly
    Copper: proper development of hair, skin, bones, and red blood cells
    Sodium: nerve cells; regulating body fluids
    Choline: the nervous system; brain/cognitive functions
    Inositol: cell membranes in the brain, eyes, and bone marrow

 

Recommended Daily Doses

 

The vitamins come in bottles with child- proof caps, but because they are aesthetically designed to appeal to children, they can of course be perceived as candy. The recommended daily doses for the different Flintstone formulas are:

    Complete: 1/2 tablet for ages 2-3 and 1 tablet for ages 4 and up
    Gummies (Sour and Regular): 1 for ages 2-3 and 2 for ages 4 and up
    With Extra Calcium: 1 tablet for ages 4 and up
    With Extra Vitamin C: 1 tablet for ages 4 and up
    With Extra Iron: 1 tablet for ages 4 and up
    My First: 1 tablet for ages 2-3

 

Fat Soluble vs. Water Soluble Vitamins

 

Some vitamins, such as C and the Bs, are water soluble, meaning that any amounts not used by the body daily are excreted through urine. Vitamins A, D, and K are fat solubles, meaning that their amounts are stored in the liver and fat deposits, to be drawn upon as needed. Extreme amounts of water solubles can create a laxative effect or stomach discomfort, but it is an extreme ingestion of the fat solubles and/or of iron that can lead to problems. With the exception of the Gummies (which have a daily dose of 2 for anyone four years or older), if your child takes two or more Flintstone vitamins and experiences severe stomach pain, vomiting, convulsions, pale skin and faintness, breathing problems, convulsions, rectal bleeding, a grave change in pulse, or anything else distressing, contact Poison Control and seek treatment immediately.

 

It is always best to err on the side of caution, so while a child who takes two or more Flintstone vitamins may not experience an overdose, check with medical personnel if such ingestion occurs.


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