Calcium – ensuring that your child is getting enough!

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December 18, 2012 by thehealthyheartcenter

Calcium is extremely important for bone health to prevent osteoporosis as an adult.  The best way to find out if your child is getting enough is keeping a food diary and checking to make sure a source of calcium is at each meal and snack.

What your child needs:

  • Males and Female over 9 years old need 1,300 mg of calcium daily
  • Between 4-8 years old, they need 800 mg daily
  • Toddlers 1-3 years old need 500 mg daily

Sources:

  1. fat free yogurt (both greek and regular yogurt)
  2. fortified cereals
  3. fat free cheese
  4. fat free milk
  5. sardines
  6. calcium fortified soy milk
  7. tofu
  8. salmon
  9. leafy greens

We also encourage play and physical activity as this is a vital part of bone health!

References:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/290991-calcium-recommendation-for-children/#ixzz2FQLp82fc

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/104/5/1152.full

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Authors

Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

Jessica Griffin: Intern

Julianna Yi: Intern

Marielle Mangano: Intern

Jackie Page: Intern

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