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What Is the Vitamin C Dosage for Toddlers?

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Sarah Collins has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State-University Park and formal education in fitness and nutrition. Collins is an experienced blogger, editor and designer, who specializes in nutrition, fitness, weddings, food and parenting topics. She has been published in "Arizona Weddings," "Virginia Bride" and on Gin & Pork and Bashelorette.com.
What Is the Vitamin C Dosage for Toddlers?
Two tots eating Vitamin C rich vegetables in the kitchen with mom. Photo Credit FamVeld/iStock/Getty Images

Everyone needs vitamin C daily, including toddlers. The vitamin is necessary for the growth and repair of your body's tissues, as it heals wounds, forms scar tissues and repairs cartilage, bones and teeth. It's commonly thought of as a remedy for a cold, but MedlinePlus notes that vitamin C doesn't lessen the risk of catching the virus. It can, however, reduce the duration or severity of the symptoms in your toddler.

RDA for Toddlers

Children ages 1 to 3 need 15 milligrams of vitamin C per day. Although vitamin C comes in supplement form, it's better to offer your toddler whole-food sources of the vitamin to meet the daily recommendation. Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruit, cantaloupes, pineapples, strawberries, raspberries, bell peppers, leafy greens, tomatoes and cereals fortified with the vitamin.

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