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How can I ensure that my toddler is getting enough calcium in their diet?

Hello everyone,

I am a concerned parent and my toddler is a picky eater. I would like to ensure that my child is getting enough calcium in their diet. I know that calcium is essential for the growth and development of bones, teeth, and muscles, but I am not sure how much calcium my child needs and what foods I should offer to ensure they are consuming enough.

I want to provide a healthy and balanced diet to my toddler, but sometimes, they refuse to eat calcium-rich foods like milk, yogurt, and cheese. I want to know if there are any other foods that are rich in calcium or if there are any supplements that I should consider for my child.

Thank you in advance for your help and advice. Any suggestions or experiences would be greatly appreciated!

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moriah71

Hello,

As a mother of two toddlers, I understand your concern about your child's calcium intake. My kids are picky eaters too, and it can be a challenge to ensure that they are getting enough calcium in their diet.

One thing that has helped my family is incorporating calcium-fortified foods and drinks into their meals, such as fortified cereals, orange juice, and bread. In addition, I give my toddlers vitamin D supplements because vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.

Another tip that has worked for us is introducing variety into our meals. We try to include different types of fruits and vegetables on the plate, as well as different sources of protein. This has helped us ensure that our toddlers are getting a variety of nutrients, including calcium.

Lastly, I always consult with our pediatrician about any concerns or questions I have about my children's nutrition, including calcium intake. I suggest talking to your pediatrician about calcium intake and what foods you should offer to ensure that your toddler is getting the appropriate amount.

Hope this helps!

jaylon25

Hi there,

I completely understand your concern. I have a toddler who is also a picky eater and I was worried about how much calcium she was getting in her diet too. However, I talked to my pediatrician and did some research on my own to find ways to increase her calcium intake.

Some additional calcium-rich foods that I offer to my toddler besides dairy products are leafy green vegetables like kale, broccoli, and spinach. I also give her tofu, salmon, and almonds as they are an excellent source of calcium too.

To make it fun for my toddler, I try to come up with creative ways to present these foods. For example, I mix spinach into her smoothies or make broccoli cheese bites. I also make sure she spends time outside to get adequate vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium.

If your toddler still refuses to eat calcium-rich foods, you can consider giving them a calcium supplement after consulting with your child's pediatrician. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you ensure that your toddler gets enough calcium in their diet.

Best of luck!

flossie.lindgren

Hi there,

As a mother of three young kids, I can relate to your concerns about ensuring that your toddler gets enough calcium in their diet. It can be challenging, especially with picky eaters! One thing that has really helped me is giving my kids yogurt as a snack.

Yogurt is not only high in calcium, but it's also easier to digest than other dairy products like milk, which can be a plus for kids with lactose intolerance. I mix in some fresh fruit or granola for extra nutrition and flavor, and it's become a go-to snack in our house.

In addition to yogurt, I also try to incorporate other calcium-rich foods into our meals, such as canned salmon (which has soft bones that are edible and rich in calcium), dark leafy greens like kale and collard greens, and calcium-fortified soy milk.

Lastly, I make sure my kids get plenty of vitamin D through exposure to sunlight and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, so it's important for overall bone health.

Overall, I think a variety of foods and creative approaches to meal planning can help ensure that your toddler is getting enough calcium in their diet. Of course, consulting with your pediatrician is always a good idea to make sure your child's nutrition needs are being met.

Hope this helps!

ally74

Hi there,

As a mother of a toddler who is allergic to both dairy and soy, I completely understand your concern regarding your child's calcium intake. I had to find alternative ways to ensure that my child was getting the necessary calcium, and one of the ways I did this was by incorporating plant-based foods into her diet.

One of our go-to calcium-rich foods is edamame, which are soybeans that can be boiled or steamed and made into a healthy snack or added to meals. Other plant-based foods that we use are chia seeds, almonds and almond butter, and kale.

Other options I found useful were non-dairy calcium-fortified milk alternatives like rice milk, oat milk, and hemp milk. We also include calcium-fortified orange juice in her diet.

We try to give our child different varieties of vegetables and fruits, so she is getting as many vitamins and minerals as possible. We also take her outdoors and let her play in the sun so her body can produce vitamin D naturally.

Overall, it's essential to consult with your child's pediatrician to ensure that you are meeting their nutritional needs. Every child is different, and their needs might differ, so discussing it with a professional might help you come up with the best course of action.

Best wishes.

ebba92

Hello,

As a mother of a toddler who is lactose intolerant, I understand your concern about ensuring enough calcium in your child's diet. There are many other ways to ensure that your child is consuming enough calcium besides dairy products.

One way we ensure enough calcium is by incorporating leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens into our meals. I also give my toddler homemade kale chips, which can be a delicious snack alternative to other less healthy options.

We also offer calcium-fortified juices and cereals. Soy products can also be a source of calcium, but be mindful that some kids with lactose intolerance are also intolerant to soy, so check with your child's pediatrician. We have also incorporated nuts into our toddler's diet, particularly almonds and almond butter.

Lastly, exposure to sunlight is vital for the body to produce vitamin D, which helps in calcium absorption. It is essential for your toddler's bone and dental health to get sufficient Vitamin D from sun rays, and this could also involve adding dietary supplements as recommended.

I hope these tips help you ensure that your toddler is getting enough calcium in their diet. Remember to consult with your child's doctor or dietitian for more advice on ensuring appropriate nutrient intake.

sid.dooley

Hello everyone,

As a mother of a toddler who is allergic to cow's milk, I understand how challenging it can be to ensure that our kids get enough calcium in their diet. Cow's milk and dairy products are the most significant source of calcium, so it's important to ensure that our toddlers get other alternatives to dairy products.

I have substituted dairy milk with alternative milk such as almond milk or soy milk, which are fortified with calcium and protein. They can be used in recipes or enjoyed by themselves with added syrup or honey. Also, there are a variety of calcium-fortified foods available in the market that you can add to your toddler's diet, such as fortified cereals, tofu, and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, and kale.

In addition, we spend time playing outside in the sun with protective measures and sunscreen. Because sunlight helps the body produce vitamin D, which in turn helps the body absorb calcium.

I also suggest talking to your toddler's pediatrician about their calcium intake and any recommendations they have about assessing your toddler's vitamin and mineral needs.

I hope these tips help!

aryanna63

Hello everyone,

As a mom of a toddler who was diagnosed with lactose intolerance, I know how challenging it can be to ensure that my child gets enough calcium. Since dairy products are the primary source of calcium, I had to look for alternative ways to ensure that my toddler gets enough calcium.

One way we ensure that my child is getting an adequate amount of calcium every day is by giving them fortified plant-based milk. Most plant-based milk like almond, oat, or soy are now fortified, and they may have more calcium than most dairy products. They can be consumed by themselves or used as a substitute for regular milk while cooking.

We also include foods like salmon or sardines, which are high in calcium and healthy omega-3 fats, in our child's diet. Dark leafy greens like kale, turnip greens or collard greens, and calcium-fortified orange juice and cereal are also some of the things we include in our toddler's diet to ensure that they get enough calcium.

Taking vitamin D supplements is also essential as they help the body absorb calcium better. We make sure to give our child vitamin D supplements in consultation with a pediatrician.

These are some of the things that have worked for us to ensure that my child is getting enough calcium in their diet. But, like most have already mentioned, it's always a good idea to talk to your child's pediatrician about their nutrition and any concerns regarding calcium intake.

I hope these tips help.

mkulas

Hello there,

As a father of two, I understand your concern about ensuring that your toddler gets enough calcium in their diet. One thing that has worked for us is including cheese as a snack or a side dish with meals. Cheese is a good source of calcium and kids generally love it. We also occasionally give our kids cheese sticks as a grab-and-go snack when we are out.

Another food that helped us is plain Greek yogurt. It is high in calcium and protein which is beneficial for growing toddlers. During breakfast we mix some fresh fruits with it and offer it to our kids. The fruits add taste and are also rich in vitamins and fiber.

Fortified cereal and instant oatmeal is another great way to ensure that your toddler intakes enough calcium. Instant oatmeal, in particular, is something that we have been offering to our kids during breakfast with milk.

Lastly, I completely agree with the importance of discussing their calcium intake with a pediatrician. It’ll help you get an exact idea, and they may possibly suggest supplements if your toddler is not getting enough through the diet alone.

I hope these tips help you to ensure your toddler's calcium intake is met successfully!

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