Is Your Child Getting Enough Calcium?

While attending a family gathering this past summer I noticed that the only beverages available for the children were juice boxes and soda. Kids were drinking these
like water. Recently I took a look in my own refrigerator and saw the
gallon of milk still sitting on the shelf only half empty. I purchased
that milk a week ago. With soft drinks and juice more accessible to
kids these days than milk I wondered if my children are getting enough calcium.

According to Keep Kids, Toddlers (1-3) require 300 mg of calcium per day or 2 glasses of milk. By the time they are in preschool (4-8)
children should have 800 mg of calcium or 3 glasses of milk per day.
Older school aged children (9-18) require about 1300 mg of calcium or 4
glasses of milk per day. By the time your child reaches puberty it is
even more important for him to have the proper requirement of calcium.
Because the efficiency of calcium absorption is increased
during puberty, and the majority of bone formation occurs
during this period.

A survey conducted in 2004 showed that only 13 % of boys and girls between the ages of 12-19 met the daily recommendations for calcium. Another voluntary survey was
administered that year to 227 10-16 year olds. (120 boys and 107 girls)
attending an NYSP summer session in Vernillion, South Dakota to
evaluate their daily fluid consumption choices. 55.5% stated that they
had consumed at least one can or bottle of soda daily. 33.9% stated
that they consume at least one sports drink daily with 24.2% indicating
that they don't drink sports drinks. 48.4% indicated that they drank
at least 2 bottles of water daily. 61.2% responded that they drank 2
glasses or less of milk daily. 70.9% admitted drinking one glass of
juice daily.

Getting your children to meet the daily calcium requirements for their age can be challenging. More kids
are developing or have developed milk allergies or lactose intolerance.
Sometimes kids just don't like the taste of milk. If you are having
these problems with your children here are some calcium rich foods that
you can add to your child's diet.



Calcium Content

Milk, whole or low-fat

1 cup

300 mg

Soy or rice milk

1 cup

300 mg

White beans

½ cup

113 mg

Cheddar cheese

1.5 oz

300 mg

Yogurt, low-fat

8 oz

300 mg

Orange juice, calcium fortified

1 cup

350 mg


Medium, 1

40-50 mg

Sweet potatoes, mashed

½ cup

44 mg

Show a good example and drink your milk. Adults also require plenty of calcium per day especially women. Avoid juice and soda. Before long your
child will be getting the proper calcium requirement.

Cascia Talbert
Founder, Editor and CEO,

After getting married and starting a family Ms. Talbert wanted the best for
her children and was concerned about the obesity epidemic in the US.
In 2007 she decided she needed to do her part and make a difference by
creating an interactive blog and website that teaches moms how to eat
right, exercise, provide healthy food choices for their children and
be more aware of the health crisis in America.

Currently Cascia resides in Sacramento, CA with her husband, two cats and four
children. She is also a featured health blogger at
and on the social media advisory board for America's Wellness

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