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When Should Your Child Start Taking Calcium?

As parents, it's important to be sure that each meal provided to our kids includes a variety of nutritional benefits within their diet. Calcium, a mineral associated to healthy teeth & bones, prevention of blood clots, & more, is important in conducting healthy heart regulations. From age 1 to 3, it's important that your child is consuming at least 700mg of calcium a day. Furthermore, ages 4 to 8 need 1000mg. As we age, the minimum serving also increases and varies depending on what their health status looks like & personal physician's recommendations.

It is recommended that breast milk or formula is sufficient enough to promote bone growth in an infant until they are 1 years old. After, they are ready to transition to dairy milk. After you start your child on it, you may notice little changes, such as appetite loss but this is normal since the rate of development slows down slightly after year 1. It's important to observe if there are any skin allergies present to make sure you are making the right switch! There are also many milk alternative available such as:

  • Oat Milk

  • Almond Milk

  • Soy Milk

  • & many more!

Trying small amounts first is a safer option to ensure that there isn't any flareups or potential allergies. Milk allergies can look like raised red bumps, hives, or weeping skin (when liquid secretes from the pores). If you notice any drying or unusual skin symptoms, it is possibly a sign to switch to a different milk.

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