I’m wondering whether my kids are getting enough calcium?


I’m wondering whether my kids are getting enough calcium. How much do they need and about how much milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. is that?

I have a girl, 6 years, another girl, 3 years and a boy, 1-year. Thanks for your help!

Your 6-year-old child needs 800 milligrams of calcium per day. Your 3-year-old needs 500 milligrams of calcium per day and your 1-year-old needs 270 milligrams of calcium per day.

One cup of milk (depending on fat content) contains from 276 to 306 milligrams of calcium. Your 6-year-old needs 3 cups of milk, 3-year-old 2 cups and 1-year-old 1 cup each day which will provide each of your children with sufficient calcium. Or substitute 1 1/2 oz of hard cheese for 1 cup of milk.

One cup of low-fat yogurt with fruit has 338 milligrams calcium. Most yogurts with fruit are high in sugar-containing around 40 to 42 grams of carbohydrate per 1 cup serving with approximately 12 grams of carbohydrate coming from the milk. Unless your children have diabetes or they are very overweight (BMI >35), they don’t need sugar-free yogurt. Milk would be a better low sugar choice unless you buy plain yogurt and stir in fresh fruit for a calcium-rich snack.