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By Hanan Saleh

Paediatric Dietician


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Written By Hanan Saleh

Calcium is an essential mineral for children’s growth & development. As approximately 99% of total body calcium is found in the skeleton1 , calcium is integral to building healthy bones and teeth. In children and adolescents, a diet with insufficient quantities of these minerals can impact on the formation of the skeleton and may limit their height growth . Calcium continues strengthening the bones until they reach the age of 20-25 years. Now is the time to make sure they’re getting as much of this important mineral as possible. According to the most recent Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey, children and teenagers are not getting enough calcium.

Why do children need calcium?

Age No of serves mg/day
Infants 0 to 12 months n/a 200-300
1 to 3 years old 2 500
4 to 8 years old 3 500-700

Highest sources of calcium per serve

Food SERVE SIZE CALCIUM PER SERVE (mg)
Infants 0 to 12 months n/a 200-300
1 to 3 years old 2 500
4 to 8 years old 3 500-700
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Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor for underlying illness. Before beginning dietary investigation, consult a dietician with an interest in food intolerance. Parents should exercise caution with vitamins and supplements and monitor their children’s intake of these and other foods to ensure that kids do not get too much of these nutrients. This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner. The development of this document is not influenced by commercial organisations.

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As one of the Top 10 Nutrients required for kids health, Calcium is crucial for good health and development. Read on to find out how much calcium your child needs, which sources are the best, and how to avoid getting too little or too much.

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