Food Allergies and Multivitamins: Are Phlexy Vits Appropriate For Your Child?


Posted 9.2.10 | Mallory West

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) doesn’t recommend the use of multivitamins for all children because eating a balanced diet (with iron-fortified foods) is usually sufficient to meet a child’s vitamin and mineral requirements. However, for a child with a restricted diet, a multivitamin may be necessary. We’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about Phlexy Vits, our powdered micronutrient supplement, so I wanted to use this blog post to provide some more information on it.

Phlexy Vits are a powdered micronutrient supplement containing vitamins, minerals and trace elements. They were designed to meet the nutritional needs of older children (11+) and adults. Occasionally Phlexy Vits are used in children but the dosage must be adjusted and this should only be done under the direction and supervision of a healthcare professional.

Phlexy Vits were actually originally developed for patients with Phenylketonuria or PKU, who require a restrictive, low protein diet. However, they may be useful for anybody with a medical condition that requires them to follow a restrictive diet. We have received inquiries about the use of Phlexy Vits for patients with multiple food allergies because many popular multivitamin brands contain hidden allergens.

Hidden Allergens in Children’s Vitamins

Below is a list of popular children’s multivitamins and the food allergens that they contain:

  • Centrum Children’s: contains milk, soy and wheat (as well as lactose)
  • Flintstones Complete and Flintstones Plus Immunity: contain soy
  • Flintstones Gummies: contains wheat and tree nuts
  • One-A-Day Scooby Doo Gummies: contains wheat and tree nuts

Vitamins for Children 11 and Older with Food Allergies

For older children (11+) with food allergies, Phlexy Vits may be a great option because they are free of milk and soy proteins, gluten and the sugars lactose, sucrose and fructose. There are no corn proteins in Phlexy Vits; however, certain nutrients are derived from corn so discuss this with your health care provider if your child is very sensitive to corn derivatives. Keep in mind that Phlexy Vits were developed for individuals over 11 years of age so do not use for younger children unless advised by your health care professional. The daily intake will have to be adjusted for a younger child.

For those of you with children on Neocate products, a multivitamin probably isn’t necessary. Neocate products are nutritionally-complete and were designed to meet all nutrient needs: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

- Mallory

Read Comments (6)

  • 2012-01-25 | Keith

    Hello,

    I am curious if the dextrose and absorbic acid in the plexy-vits is derived from corn.  Thanks!

  • 2012-02-28 | Mallory West

    Hi Keith,
    The dextrose is derived from corn but the absorbic acid is not. Hope this helps!

  • 2013-04-08 | Tina

    So what would you recommend for a 2 year old who is being super restricted and could benefit from a multivitamin?  Any products age appropriate out there?

  • 2013-04-16 | Rob

    Tina,

    It would be best to talk with your little one’s healthcare team. Their answer will depend on the foods that are being avoided. In some cases they might recommend a formula that is supplemented with vitamins and minerals. In other cases they may prefer to recommend a brand of supplements that they are comfortable with*. And in certain cases, they may recommend a specific dose of Phlexy-Vits that would be age-appropriate. This should only be done under the supervision of a healthcare provider; they would ensure the dose doesn’t provide too much of any vitamin or mineral.

    *The term “hypoallergenic” is not federally regulated for vitamin & mineral supplements. If you find a brand with this label, make sure you ask the manufacturer what “hypoallergenic” means to them.

  • 2014-11-10 | Brittany

    I am severely malnourished, though still obese since food allergies oddly enough caused massive weight gain over my 30 years of life. I was just diagnosed with leaky gut (probably caused by a 30 year bout of yeast infection in my intestines) and can barely eat anything other than pure beef or pure chicken and sometimes green beans (canned, no additives, no salt added) and frozen broccoli from one company. I barely eat one meal a day, usually only meat OR a veggie. I’m dropping weight like crazy and know I am heading down a bad path of being severely undernourished. I need a truckload of multivitamins and am unable to take any I’ve tried. Is Phlexy-vits ok for people who have allergies to: wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, lactose, lettuce, chili peppers, black and white pepper, cocoa bean, celery and asparagus?? I’m in desperate need of nutritional help and my insurance doesn’t cover nutritional counseling. Please help.

  • 2014-11-10 | Rob McCandlish, RDN

    Hi Brittany,

    As far as we are aware, none of the ingredients in Phlexy-Vits are derived from any of the foods or ingredients you named. The Phlexy-Vits powder is mixed in our own facility that is 100% dairy free, and where we do not use any ingredients derived from gluten-containing grains.

    If you have questions about whether or not it would be alright to try Phlexy-Vits, it would be best to ask your healthcare team - particularly an allergist - for their advice.

    Best of luck to you,
    Rob

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