Most parents know that as the children grow it’s important for them to get enough vitamins and minerals to ensure optimal health. But knowing exactly what nutrients and how much they need of each is not always easy, because nutrient needs for kids are dependent on age, sex, size, growth, and activity level.

To make sure that a kids are getting the full range of nutrients that they need, be sure to offer a variety of foods on a regular basis or choose the supplement that provides the necessary vitamins and minerals in the recommended amounts.

According to health experts, young children between the ages of 2 and 8 require 1,000–1,400 calories each day. Those ages 9–13 need 1,400–2,600 calories daily — depending on certain factors, such as activity level.