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What do parents know about vitamins?
  1. M L Ko,
  2. N Ramsell,
  3. J A Wilson
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex.


    Parents of 120 children attending child health clinics answered a questionnaire on their understanding of vitamins. Fifty four children (45%) were taking vitamins; 12 (22%) were given the wrong dose. Only 19 parents (35%) knew when to stop supplements and 25 (46%) did not realise overdosage was potentially harmful. Only six children (11%) were receiving professional supervision. This indicates a need to improve parental understanding and professional supervision.

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