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How much calcium does a child need?

Updated on March 14, 2010

Calcium requirements

 The following table lists how much calcium does every age group of children need as suggested. Calcium is vital for building strong bones and teeth. Having a diet with foods that are high in calcium is an important way to prevent osteoporosis in adults. Children don’t drink milk like they used to, so they aren’t getting calcium from one of the best sources. No worries - a lot of kid-friendly foods are now fortified with calcium that helps you achieve the goal of determining how much calcium does your kid need per day.

 Dairy products - best source of calcium:
Milk, yoghurt and cheese - Cheese is a much more concentrated form of calcium source than milk. Yoghurt is a more easily digestible source of calcium than milk.
Other choices include Nestle Carnation Instant Breakfast mix,  calcium fortified soy milk, Iron Kids bread, yoo-hoo chocolate drink, Honey Maid Graham Crackers, Golden Grahams cereal,
Quaker Fruit & Oatmeal Bites

Some chewable calcium supplements:

Li’l Critters Calcium Gummy Bears
Nutrition Now Kids: Rhino CalciYums and Calci-Chews
Viactiv Twinlab Calcium Citrate Chewable Wafers

How much Calcium does your child need per day?

 Calcium requirements
Ages 1-3 
500 mg of calcium/day 
2 glasses of milk 
Ages 4-8 
800 mg of calcium/day  
3 glasses of milk 
Ages 9-18 
1300 mg of calcium/day  
4 glasses of milk 

Important tip on dietary supplements

 Make sure your kids brush their teeth after taking chewable vitamins. Keep vitamin and mineral supplements out of reach of children! Most of them taste good and they look like candy - you do not want your child to have supplements for snacks! Keep them tightly capped on a high shelf, and make sure your kids know they are not candy. And always check with your pediatrician before giving your child any dietary supplements.


Do you give your kid any calcium supplement?

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      Majidsiko 7 years ago from Kenya

      These supplements are very important in children who cannot take milk due to intolerance. Thanks for the info.