CALCIUM AND INFANTS
In the first few months of life, babies are constantly growing and developing. Supporting this development is essential in making sure our kids grow up strong and healthy. Calcium is crucial in growing strong bones and teeth, promoting nerve and muscle function, activating digestive enzymes, and even helping blood clot!
As babies grow, they may be at risk for low blood calcium levels due to certain medications, maternal diabetes, infection, underactive thyroid glands, or stress caused by illness. Adding Totally CALCIUM® to drinks and meals can support growth and reinforce calcium levels as babies go through such a crucial stage of development.
ADDITIONAL CALCIUM AND KIDS
It’s important to take in adequate amounts of calcium in childhood to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures in adulthood. We can avoid the loss of bone mass that comes with age through regular exercise, good nutrition, and beneficial supplements, but our bones will inevitably lose strength through the years. Doctors know of an important correlation: the stronger bones we have in our early 20s, the longer they last as we age. No doubt, it is best for our children to grow strong bones while it still comes easy to them.
Calcium intake declines as children grow up because of decreasing dairy consumption. Only 11% of girls and 28% of boys aged 12 to 19 years consume the recommended serving of dairy products.
additional calcium should my kids take?
Many children in the U.S. do not have enough calcium in their diets. Adding Totally CALCIUM® to any snack or meal helps kids develop stronger bones.
Recommended calcium dosage for children:
|Ages||0-6 months||7 -12 months||1-3 years||4-8 years||9-18 years|
|Calcium Intake (mg/day)||210||270||500||800||1300|
With no difference in taste or texture, Totally CALCIUM® can be added to any dish to increase daily calcium intake.
What are the
statistics of childhood calcium intake?
Regular intake of adequate amounts of calcium in childhood is the secret of attaining peak bone mass. Despite this, many older adolescents in the United States are not achieving this. In fact, children’s calcium intake diminishes as they grow up. National survey data confirms that the majority of U.S. children above 8 years of age do not consume the recommended calcium intake with 71% of girls and 62% of boys between 6 to 11 years old failing to meet the requirements.
The need for calcium in different age groups is not uniform as it varies from child to child and with the stages of the child’s development.
How much calcium
are kids getting from their diets?
Milk (250-300 mg of calcium per 8 oz.) provides about 25% of the daily requirement of calcium. Milk and other dairy products are the greatest sources of calcium for the majority of the U.S., providing about 72% of America’s dietary calcium. American children derive 65% of their dietary calcium from dairy products.