Many parents are anxious and concerned about their children\u2019s health, specifically their immune system, during this prolonged pandemic. This has caused a demand surge for children\u2019s health related products, especially in the vitamin segment. I\u2019m sure parents have noticed that the pharmacy aisles for children\u2019s health products are filled with all kinds of products in various forms and offerings. Many a time, this causes parents to be confused and uncertain in making their selection. There is a significant difference in the quality and communication of children\u2019s health supplements vs food supplements.\u00a0 Choose the Right Health Supplements for Your Children Image credit: Canva When choosing supplements like Vitamin C to boost immune system, make an educated choice. Health supplements in chewable and effervescent forms usually comes with registration numbers carrying the MAL code on pack, which indicates the approval of the NPRA (National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency) under the Ministry of Health (KKM), i.e. MAL20211234567.\u00a0 Rest assured that the classification of health supplement is governed by strict guidelines, including the pharmaceutical grade of raw materials, pharmaceutical GMP manufacturing process and quality control, and consistency of ingredients vs label claims. Also, note that food supplements like DHA gummies and Vitamin C pastilles are no different from candies from the confectionary counters. The nutrient content is much lower, not to mention the excessive amount of added sugar. Not All Vitamin C Products Are Made Equal Image credit: Canva When shopping for Vitamin Cs for our children, I\u2019m sure we have all come across the various forms that are available in the market; from effervescent, pastilles or gummies to tablets. Many children are obviously more attracted to pastilles or gummies\u2014but did you know that these are high in added sugar content, and may not contain the right levels of vitamins and nutrients we want in a vitamin C that functions to help boost immunity? By offering children these products, parents are unconsciously bringing more harm to children than health benefits. No Sugar-Coating Health Facts Image credit: Canva The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends for children under two years old to not consume any added sugar, whilst children aged two and above should consume no more than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of added sugar on a daily basis. On this note, it is also a known fact that high sugar intake causes childhood obesity that may lead to chronic illnesses later on in life, hyperactivity, and tooth decay at a young age, amongst other undesirable effects. Touching on the matter of obesity, did you know that Malaysia is the 'fattest' country in South East Asia in 2019, with 50% of adult population reported to be overweight or obese? There is also a growing number of obese children in Malaysia and it is a serious concern. The major factors that contribute to obesity include fatty foods and high sugar consumption. Thus, the food choices we make for our children must be an informed one for them to grow up healthily.\u00a0 Image credit: Canva The same informed decisions must go into choosing health supplements like vitamin Cs. Many vitamin C pastilles or gummies in the market are sugar coated, thus containing high levels of sugar. In addition, the dosage stated may suggest consuming 3-4 pastilles a day. This may add up to a lot of sugar intake in just a day when also combined with all foods consumed. How To Choose Nutrient-Based Vitamin C Supplement for Children Image credit: Canva Be Label Literate Do read the labels carefully, and check the vitamin content on label as per communication or as advertised. Also, verify the sugar content on the label. More importantly, check for MAL number to ensure that it is certified and approved by NPRA. Choose No Sugar Or Low Sugar In the daily life of children, they consume many foods that already have sugar present, either real or added sugar. As such, avoid adding more sugar in their health supplements, even if it\u2019s supposedly to be lower levels of added sugar, because they do add up! Choose the Real Vitamin Champs Vitamin C Sugar Free Strawberry Flavour contains 100mg vitamin C as per label claim compared to 20mg in most of the pastille\u2019s food supplement. More importantly, it is sugar-free. The Champs brand has been around in Malaysia for 40 years, and offers a wide range of pharma grade health supplements that focuses on child development in the early years of life. It is a brand that\u2019s trusted by mothers for decades. Champs Vitamins are produced by Duopharma biotech, which is the largest pharmaceutical manufacturer in Malaysia. It is also Halal certified by JAKIM (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia)\u00a0in ensuring the purity and quality of product. Needless to say, it is approved by NPRA and carries a MAL number. Vitamin C is an important element, necessary for the maintenance of a healthy immune system, by neutralising the free radicals that we are exposed to. When choosing vitamin C for our children\u2019s optimum health, growth and development, be informed and wise, and choose only pharma grade health supplements as opposed to food supplements. Image credit: Champs A Healthy Child Is a Happy Child What we feed our children largely determines their health and wellbeing. It pays to spend some time to understand what\u2019s out there in the market, so that we stand as more informed mummies in offering our children the best of nutrients as we intended.\u00a0 Keeping their palettes off sugary foods does not make their life any less sweet. In fact, we will be leading them away from the trail of childhood obesity and all the risks that lurk. Always remember, a healthy child is a happy child! For more insightful stories and fun recipes, stay tuned to Motherhood Story!