If you decide to supplement your child's diet with a multivitamin, discuss your choice with your pediatrician because kids' nutrient needs change as they age. In addition, never give a child a vitamin designed for adults because it could be harmful.
User reviews say kids love the flavor of Flintstones Plus Bone Building Support Chewables, and ConsumerLab.com gives them the stamp of approval in its latest test. It's one of only two children's multivitamins evaluated that doesn't exceed the recommended upper level of niacin in younger children. However, Flintstones Plus contains artificial colors and flavorings, and doesn't have the full RDA of calcium.
They were also tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lead in a review of 324 multivitamins designed for women and children. Nearly all were found to contain small traces of lead, although none exceed safe/tolerable levels. For kids under 6, this level is 6 mcg per day. Flintstones Plus Bone Building Support Chewables tested at 0.0591 mcg of lead per daily serving -- higher than some other Flintstones vitamins, but still well below the safe/tolerable level.
We found the best information at ConsumerLab.com, a testing organization that analyzes multivitamins and other nutritional supplements. Multis that are approved contain their listed nutrients and aren't contaminated with toxins. We found a 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 Plus Bone Building Support Chewables. Full details are available to subscribers.
Review: Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review, Editors of ConsumerLab.com, June 28, 2011
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 Plus Bone Building Support 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 2011 Pharmacy Times survey of pharmacists, 40 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, 2011
A handful of parents review Flintstones Plus Bone Building Support, giving it 3.5 stars out of 5. Parents who base their comments on the actual vitamin rank it highly. Bad reviews are based on shipping issues and an unscientific analysis of dissolvability.
Review: Flintstones Vitamins Bone Building Gummies, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Feb. 2012
Only a few parents comment on Flintstones Gummies here, but give the multi very high scores for taste and effectiveness.
Review: Flintstones Gummies, Children's Multivitamin/Multimineral with Calcium & Vitamin D, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of Feb. 2012