How Much Calcium Does Your Baby Need (With Food Chart For 6 Months To 3 Years)

How Much Calcium Does Your Baby Need (With Food Chart For 6 Months To 3 Years)

Drink milk! “ Warna calcium kaise milega?”

I know most of the moms do this! The reason I know is, because they do it right in my clinic too. Of course, milk is a very rich source of calcium. I completely agree but I guess that’s not all right?

The issue which most moms complain about is proper knowledge about nutrition. When you become a mom, you get loads of free advice and because you want everything best for your child, you will do everything which is going to benefit your child’s health but the problem is right source of information.

Most moms only know about milk as the source of calcium. That is the reason they start worrying about their growth if they throw tantrums in drinking milk. I hope after reading this article you will get an overview about other sources of calcium which you can add in your child’s diet!

This is about kids who can drink milk but they don’t like to drink it. The problem gets even more serious, when your kid is lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerant means your kid doesn’t have that enzyme to digest milk. So let us talk about calcium, why babies need it and how much is required.

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Why Do Babies Need Calcium?

  • Not just for bone development, calcium is also required for growth and development of nerves and muscles
  • Babies require more calcium, than adults because their bone development is an accelerated process. Calcium is being deposited in multiplying bone cells which not only makes the bones stronger but also helps in keeping the bones together.

Calcium Requirements For Infants And Toddlers

Different stages of growth has different calcium requirements.

For Infants (Less Than 12 Months)

  • Bioavailability of human milk in terms of calcium is much higher than any formula milk.
  • Do not give anything apart from breast milk for the first 6 months.
  • Your pediatrician will give you formula milk which has fortified calcium in it so make sure you read the label before buying any formula milk
  • Premature babies require more calcium in their diet so you can ask your pediatrician to give you an alternative for the same.

For Toddlers (1- 3 Years)

  • Calcium requirement for toddlers is 500-700 mg.
  • Toddlers by the age of 3 eat almost all the food stuffs so keeping a balanced diet is very important in this case.

When I saw 500-700 mg, another question which arises is “ How to find out if my child is getting the required calcium per day?”

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I have summarized the most common calcium sources in this chart.

How much daily calcium requirement is appropriate for babies?

Milk and milk products are no doubt a very good source of calcium but the calcium obtained from other sources should not be ignored. All the sources mention above are good sources of calcium and can be readily absorbed by the body except spinach. Since spinach is rich in oxalate which makes the calcium in it almost unavailable for the human body to absorb. Some food sources which are rich in “phytates” are also poor sources of calcium for example cereals, wheat bran.

Important: You cannot mix iron rich foods and calcium rich foods. They interfere in their absorption.

Also Read: 21 Iron Rich Foods for babies and toddlers

Sample Chart For Toddlers Between Age 2-3

How much daily calcium requirement is appropriate for babies?

I hope moms will no longer worry about their child’s calcium sources if they don’t drink milk! Keep this list handy in you kitchen and get your kids those strong bones there!

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