Calcium is important in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth, helping cells function properly and in regulating the heartbeat. Milk and milk products are major sources of calcium in the diet.
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for Calcium
16 oz. of milk gives roughly 600-800 mg
The following is a list of non-milk foods which contain significant amounts of calcium:
Another chart for calcium requirements for age are:
0-6 months old 200-400
So milk intake should be 12-24 oz a day by one year old and stay there for many years. Too much milk and they get anemic and will not eat a proper solid food diet. The children usually are in that range of 12-24 oz where their height/weight is on the growth curves. For example if they are at the 50% then they would usually take in about 18oz a day. If they are big and at the 90% height/weight, then they would be taking in 24 oz a day. Then they get the few hundred mg of Calcium from cheese, ice cream, and other foods that have calcium. IF they are allergic to milk then they can drink SILK (non-dairy milk) or the Orange Juice with calcium. Or they can take a 500 mg chewable calcium from the stores.
By 8-10 years requirements increase and it goes higher at puberty. When they go into puberty, the recommendations are 1500 mg of calcium for females and 1200 for males. That is a lot of milk (three 8 oz glasses) so I recommend calcium supplements (and multiple vitamins) for most teens….usually 1000 mg supplement a day plus the milk and ice cream that they do eat. The average teen only gets 300 mg a day.
We can load up their bones with calcium during their rapid growing years and prevent Osteoporosis in their later years.
Dr. KnappPlus give vitamins to children at all ages. We just do not eat right most days. Plus we eat less red meat. Any vitamin that has Iron and Zinc.