In a world full of sodas and sugary juices, it is tough to make sure your child gets enough calcium. Calcium is an extremely important growing aid for strong teeth and healthy bones. Most children don’t get the recommended dose of calcium. Here are the current recommended amounts for age brackets according to the National Institute of Health:
What’s the Worry?
Calcium is essential for not only bone growth but also for assisting in the body’s ability to function and think. The cardiovascular system and the nervous system both utilize calcium. It is also vital for blood clotting. If the body does not get enough of it then it will take it from the bones. This can lead to osteoporosis later in life as well as tooth decay.
Where Is It Found?
Calcium is found in many different foods. Some foods are higher than others. Here are some food suggestions to help your child get the calcium they need:
Yogurt including frozen yogurt treats
Cheese, all forms
Milk including soy milk
Fortified cereals such as Cheerios and
Green, leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and spinach
Calcium is essential to the growth and development of every child. It is vital to grow their brains, teeth, and bones. If you are concerned that your child is not getting enough calcium or want more advice on calcium don’t hesitate to call our office and schedule an appointment. Rainbow Pediatrics is here for your child. (850) 257-5224