Doctors concerned, children taking too many dietary supplements

THE COUNTRY ARE EXPRESSING CONCERN ABOUT KIDS TAKING VITAMINS AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS THEY'RE WORRIED, KIDS ARE TAKING TOO MANY KRIS 6 NEWS REPORTER ASHLEY PORTILLO HAS THE STORY PKG NEWSROOM TAPED INTRO ASHLEY A NATIONAL FAMILY SURVEY REVEALS THAT A THIRD OF CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS TAKE VITAMINS AND DIETARY SUPPLIMENTS

BUT PEDIATRICIANS AND DOCTORS SAY IT'S NOT NECESSARY, AND COULD EVEN BE HARMFUL PKG JENNI RODRIGUEZ, A MOM OF TWO, HAS ALWAYS BEEN TOLD THAT CHILDREN DON'T NEED TO TAKE VITAMINS AND SUPPLIMENTS SOT JENNI RODRIGUEZ, PARENT: "Kids really get vitamins through what they eat I don't think they really need to take supplemental vitamins unless there's a problem" DR JAMES MOBLEY AGREES SAYING CHILDREN WHO HAVE A WELL-BALANCED DIET DO NOT NEED TO TAKE VITAMINS OR SUPPLIMENTS TO STAY HEALTHY PLUS, MEDICATIONS THAT ARE SAFE FOR ADULTS, MAY NOT BE SAFE IN CHIDLREN SOT DR JAMES MOBLEY, SAN PATRICIO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, MEDICAL DIRECTOR: "Children are not just miniature adults They're growing systems especially their brains, all of their other organs are in the process of growing and maturing

" DR MOBLEY ADDS THERE ARE VERY FEW STUDIES DONE ON CHILDREN BECAUSE THEIR BODIES ARE STILL DEVELOPING, PUTTING A CHEMICAL INTO A CHILD'S BODY TO DO A STUDY, COULD BE A DANGER ITSELF DR MOBLEY ALSO SAYS MANY OF THE LABELS ON SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS SAY THINGS LIKE "IMMUNITY SUPPORT" AND "HELPS SUPPORT KIDS' DEVLOPING BONES

" BUT EVERYTHING SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH A GRAIN OF SALT SOT DR JAMES MOBLEY, SAN PATRICIO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, MEDICAL DIRECTOR: "Most of these have not been tested So we just don't know It doesn't mean that it's wrong, it means we don't know it

" MEANWHILE, PARENTS LIKE RODRIGUEZ SAY THEY WILL NOT BE GIVING VITAMINS TO THEIR CHILDREN ANY TIME SOON SOT JENNI RODRIGUEZ, PARENT: "As long as they're eating a balanced diet and they're developing normally, they're fine" NEWSROOM TAPED TAG TAKING TOO MANY VITAMINS OR SUPPLEMENTS CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS LIKE AN UPSET STOMACH, NAUSEA, OR VOMITING CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS BACK TO YOU IN THE STUDIO LEE ONE OF THE CITY'S

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