Adequate calcium intake is important for developing bones. Failure to achieve adequate intake of calcium results in decreased bone mineral density and may predispose children to develop osteoporosis later in life.

How much calcium does a child need?

Recommended intake depends on the age of the child.

How do children get calcium in their diets?

The major source of calcium is milk and other dairy products, some green vegetables (e.g.. broccoli ) and soy products. The widespread consumption of soft drinks and juices, instead of milk, is contributing to calcium deficiencies. How can children and teenagers get enough of these dietary components?

Clinical Challenges

How easy is it to get the recommended amount of calcium?

You have correctly advised a parent that her 5 year-old needs about 800 mg calcium per day. How much of food is needed to reach this recommended amount?

 Quiz Group  

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