Common questions include:
If I don’t have Children’s Oxylent, can I give my child half of the adult packet? Is half a packet of the adult the same as one kids packet?
- If your child weighs less than 100 pounds, we suggest giving him/her either a whole packet of Children’s Oxylent, or half a packet of adult Oxylent.
- The nutritional profile of Children’s Oxylent is slightly different from adult Oxylent, as it is formulated to meet the specific vitamin needs of children, and thus contains vitamin A and choline, for example.
- Both Oxylent products are an excellent choice, as they both support optimal health with a full panel of the highest-quality nutrients in their most effective forms.
Why doesn’t Children’s Oxylent contain a 1:1 ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D?
Not all physicians and scientists agree on the optimal ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D. The ideal ratio is not scientifically well-established in humans.
This issue of the proper A:D ratio emerged as a major concern a few years back. In 2008, The Vitamin D Council, headed by Dr. Cannell, issued a warning about ingesting too much vitamin A (in cod liver oil) because of research suggesting that too much vitamin A may antagonize or block the beneficial effects of vitamin D. Dr. Cavell’s recommendations suggested an approximately 1:1 ratio.
But not all researchers agree with Dr. Cannell, and other doctors/researchers have published rebuttals of Cavell’s position. It is also important to note that these concerns apply only to the retinol form of vitamin A, not the beta carotene form of vitamin A.
Can my child drink Oxylent if they have PKU?
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a genetic/inherited amino acid disorder. Amino acid disorders are a class of genetic metabolic conditions that occur when certain amino acids (the building blocks for body proteins) either cannot be broken down or cannot be produced by the body, resulting in the toxic accumulation of some substances and the deficiency of other substances in the body. Individuals with PKU cannot break down the amino acid phenylalanine properly, causing it to build up in the blood and body tissues.
All newborns are screened for PKU, and it affects about one of every 10,000 to 20,000 Caucasian or Asian births. For children with PKU, treatment typically includes a diet very restricted in protein that requires supplementation with all amino acids except phenylalanine, as well as vitamins and minerals. Generally the diet becomes less restricted as children with PKU grow up, as the mature brain is less sensitive to phenylalanine.
Recent research shows that PKU patients are at increased risk of developing deficiencies of vitamins B6 and B12. Possible explanations for this increased risk include protein-restricted diets that often restrict consumption of animal products. One recently published study reviewing research in this area concluded that PKU patients need continuing dietary guidance throughout life, and suggested daily vitamin supplementation for all PKU patients.1
Oxylent, Children’s Oxylent, and Prenatal Oxylent do not contain phenylalanine, and should therefore be a safe daily multivitamin supplement for PKU patients. In addition, all Oxylent mulitvitamin products are excellent sources of B6 and B12, as part of a full panel of other key essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients—all in one delicious drink. Of course this information does not replace medical advice or treatment, and our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. All patients should always consult with their healthcare provider before using any dietary supplement.
Hvas AM, et al. J Inherit Metab Dis 2006 29:47–53.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.