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How can I make sure my child is getting enough calcium if they don't like dairy products?

Hi everyone,

I am a concerned parent with a child who doesn't like dairy products. I'm worried that my child may not be getting enough calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth. I have tried to convince my child to drink milk, but they just refuse to do so. I have also tried cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products, but my child doesn't like them either.

I am now looking for alternative ways to ensure that my child gets enough calcium. Are there any non-dairy foods that are high in calcium? Should I consider giving my child calcium supplements? I would appreciate any advice or suggestions on how to ensure that my child is getting the necessary amount of calcium despite their aversion to dairy.

Thank you in advance!

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nicolas80

Hello everyone,

I also have a child who doesn't like dairy products but needs sufficient calcium for their growth and development. Instead of giving my child supplements, I ensure a balanced meal with a variety of non-dairy calcium-rich foods.

One food that my child loves and is high in calcium is hummus. I usually serve it with raw veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and celery, which makes it a nutritious and delicious snack.

Another non-dairy option that has worked for us is pumpkin seeds. I sprinkle them on oatmeal, salads, or incorporate them into veggie burgers. They are also great in baking recipes.

Apart from this, I try to create meals using a combination of ingredients like veggies and legumes, which provide the right amount of calcium and protein. A few simple recipes that have worked well for my child include lentil soup, tofu stir-fry with bok choy and mushrooms, and roasted broccoli with tahini sauce, all of which are rich in calcium.

I hope these suggestions help and that you find a calcium solution that works for your child!

schultz.ken

Hi there,

I also have a child who doesn't like dairy products, and we have found that adding calcium-rich foods to our child's diet has been helpful. One thing that has worked well for us is adding leafy greens to soups, stews, and other dishes. In addition to spinach and kale, we also add collard greens, mustard greens, and turnip greens, all of which are high in calcium.

We also give our child calcium-fortified orange juice, which she enjoys with breakfast. Other non-dairy sources of calcium that we incorporate into our child's diet include canned fish, almonds, tofu, and fortified non-dairy milk. We also make sure that our child gets plenty of vitamin D, as this helps the body absorb calcium.

As others have mentioned, it's important to speak with a doctor or registered dietitian before giving your child calcium supplements. With a little creativity and planning, however, it's definitely possible to ensure that your child gets enough calcium even if they don't like dairy products.

Best of luck to you and your family!

kuhlman.maryse

Hi!

I also faced the same problem with my child, who doesn't like dairy products but requires calcium for their growth and development. I have found that giving my child fruit smoothies made with calcium-fortified orange juice, almond milk, or soy milk has been helpful in ensuring that they get enough calcium.

In addition to that, I also give my child calcium-fortified cereals and bread made from whole-grain flour for breakfast. For snacks, I offer almonds and other nuts, which are good sources of calcium, and dried fruits like figs which are also high in calcium.

I would recommend consulting with a pediatrician or a registered dietitian before adding supplements to your child's diet. They will be able to recommend the right supplement and dosage based on your child's individual needs.

These non-dairy sources of calcium have helped my child to get the required amount of calcium. I hope these tips help you too!

triston.bergstrom

Hello!

I also had the same concern with my child who doesn't like dairy products. If your child is still willing to consume some dairy products, you could try incorporating them into meals in a disguised form. For instance, you can make smoothies with milk and add fruit or cocoa powder to make it tastier. Additionally, you can make whole-grain pancakes with milk or yogurt in the batter, and add fruits and berries on top.

Apart from that, you could try other non-dairy sources like canned fish with bones such as salmon and sardines, which are great calcium sources. Cereals, bread, and other grains fortified with calcium are also considered good options.

Before going for any supplements, I would advise speaking to your child's doctor so they can guide you on whether a supplement or a particular food source is necessary based on the child's age and individual nutritional needs.

Hope this helps and all the best!

tmann

Hi there,

I completely understand your concerns as I too have a child who doesn't like dairy products. We have found that incorporating plant-based sources of calcium into our child's diet has been helpful. Some great options that we regularly include in their meals are leafy greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli, as well as tofu, almonds, sesame seeds, and fortified non-dairy milk alternatives such as soy or almond milk.

In terms of calcium supplements, we have spoken to our child's pediatrician and they recommended a child-friendly calcium chewable tablet that they take daily. However, I would definitely recommend consulting with a professional before introducing any supplements to your child's diet.

I hope this helps and best of luck!

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