Grown up vitamin supplements can be deadly for kids - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Grown up vitamin supplements can be deadly for kids

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As we age, many doctors recommend we take a vitamin supplement or two. Like anything overused and abused vitamins can have potentially harmful affects on the human body.

Dr. Shane Speights from the UAMS AHEC program says adult dosage iron vitamin supplements can have terrible results in children.

Speights, "Liver damage, kidney damage, seizures and in some cases even death."

Dr. Krystal Soo of Soo's Pharmacy says large doses of Vitamin, B, E, A, D can cause health issues in anyone.

Soo, "Vitamins like Vitamin C, if you take large doses, it's flushed out through the kidneys so there's usually not a problem with that."

But iron supplements are an entirely different thing. There are times when kids need iron supplements.

Soo, "A lot of times doctors will recommend iron supplements for babies and they come in special formulas with special droppers. "

But not adult dosages.

Speights, "Most children do not need vitamin supplementation and they certainly don't need high doses of vitamins."

Speights says when adults take chewable vitamins and children see it, this can lead to problems.

Speights, "Even children have gummy vitamins so they will perceive it as candy and if they can get into it they will take as many as they can."

Soo, "All of the iron supplements that are sold come in a child resistant cap and should never remove those from that and put it in another container."

We asked Dr. Soo are customers warned of the dangers when vitamins are sold?

Soo, "We tell them the correct dosages and everything and counsel them on the correct storage of it too as far as keeping it out of the hands of children."

Dr. Speights says common sense is the key to vitamin safety.

"Keep them out of the reach of children. "  He says. "Make sure it's not in an area where they can easily get a hold of it or access it. Really treat it like you would any other prescription medicine."

If you suspect your child has taken an iron vitamin supplement, you need to call poison control and seek medical attention immediately.

Copyright 2012 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Harbor Freight to open new store in Batesville

    Harbor Freight to open new store in Batesville

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:04 PM EDT2018-06-21 03:04:05 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:34 PM EDT2018-06-21 03:34:27 GMT
    Harbor Freight (Source: Harbor Freight website)Harbor Freight (Source: Harbor Freight website)

    A California-based tool retailer will be opening a 15,000-square-foot store in Northeast Arkansas later this year, company officials said Wednesday. 

    A California-based tool retailer will be opening a 15,000-square-foot store in Northeast Arkansas later this year, company officials said Wednesday. 

  • Alive After Five set for June 21

    Alive After Five set for June 21

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:37 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:37:55 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:59:59 GMT
    Downtown Jonesboro Association (Source: Downtown Jonesboro Association Facebook page)Downtown Jonesboro Association (Source: Downtown Jonesboro Association Facebook page)
    Downtown Jonesboro Association (Source: Downtown Jonesboro Association Facebook page)Downtown Jonesboro Association (Source: Downtown Jonesboro Association Facebook page)

    Anyone interested in art, music and visiting Downtown Jonesboro will have an opportunity June 21 with the monthly Alive After Five event. 

    Anyone interested in art, music and visiting Downtown Jonesboro will have an opportunity June 21 with the monthly Alive After Five event. 

  • Independence County K9 officers receive body armor

    Independence County K9 officers receive body armor

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:03 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:03:44 GMT
    Wednesday, June 20 2018 10:57 PM EDT2018-06-21 02:57:28 GMT
    The K-9 officers with the Independence Co. Sheriff's Office recently received body armor due to a donation from a Massachusetts-based group. (Source: Facebook)The K-9 officers with the Independence Co. Sheriff's Office recently received body armor due to a donation from a Massachusetts-based group. (Source: Facebook)
    The K-9 officers with the Independence Co. Sheriff's Office recently received body armor due to a donation from a Massachusetts-based group. (Source: Facebook)The K-9 officers with the Independence Co. Sheriff's Office recently received body armor due to a donation from a Massachusetts-based group. (Source: Facebook)

    The K-9 officers with an area sheriff's department now have body armor to protect them. 

    The K-9 officers with an area sheriff's department now have body armor to protect them. 

Powered by Frankly