Experts are mixed on whether children need a multivitamin; ask your pediatrician for his or her recommendation. If you do supplement your child's diet, always choose a multi designed for children, because adult formulas contain inappropriate levels of nutrients for kids. User reviews say children love the flavor of Flintstones Gummies, and ConsumerLab.com gives it a thumbs-up in its 2010 test. In fact, it's the only children's multi evaluated that doesn't exceed the tolerable upper levels for vitamin A as retinol, too much of which may be linked to bone problems. On the downside, Flintstones Gummies contain artificial colors and flavors, and have no calcium.
Flintstones Gummies are also tested by the FDA for lead in a review of 324 multivitamins designed for women and children. While nearly all multis are found to contain small traces of lead, some have far less than others and none of the formulas evaluated exceed safe/tolerable levels. For kids under 6, this level is 6 mcg of lead per day. Flintstones Gummies have very low levels -- 0.0167 mcg of lead in a daily serving.
ConsumerLab.com, an organization that analyzes multivitamins and other nutritional supplements, tests Flintstones Gummies in an older review. Multis that are approved by ConsumerLab.com contain their listed nutrients and aren't contaminated with toxins. We found a short reference to Flintstones vitamins in a 2010 Pharmacy Times survey, and a few user reviews on Amazon.com and Drugstore.com.
1. Consumer Lab
ConsumerLab.com tests a number of multivitamins designed for children, including Flintstones Gummies, in this older report. Full details are available to subscribers.
Review: Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review, Editors of ConsumerLab.com, Dec. 6, 2010
2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Nearly 99 percent of multivitamins tested by the FDA contain small traces of lead, but none exceed safe/tolerable levels for children. Among multis for kids, Flintstones Gummies contain lower amounts of lead than many others.
Review: Survey Data on Lead in Women's and Children's Vitamins, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Aug. 2008
3. Pharmacy Times
In the 2010 Pharmacy Times survey of pharmacists, 44 percent recommend Flintstones vitamins for children. Because Flintstones makes several types of multis, including gummies and chewables, this is a recommendation for the brand rather than for a specific multi.
Review: Children's Vitamins, Editors of Pharmacy Times, 2010
Half a dozen parents review Flintstones Gummies on Amazon.com, giving it 4 stars out of 5. Most have good things to say about the multi, but one user says they have a bad aftertaste.
Review: Flintstones Gummies Multivitamin, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Feb. 2012
Only a handful of parents comment on Flintstones Gummies here, but reviewers say their kids love the taste and look forward to taking them every day.
Review: Flintstones Children's Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Gummies, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of Feb. 2012