Busy Parents and Calcium

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When it comes to school and raising children, ages 1-8, the essence of time is forever limiting. Attempting to prioritize time and planning the next meal for your children can be stressful, for any parent. Whether or not your child is getting enough calcium, in their daily diet, becomes one of the biggest concerns.

The Importance of Calcium for Kids

  • Essential factor into the growth of healthy bones and teeth!
  • Nutritious value for a healthy nervous system, which helps keep children active, alert and ready for school!

Daily Recommended Intake


Children 1-3 years old

RDA: 700 mg per day

EAR: 500 mg per day

UL: 2,500 mg per day


Children 4-8 years old

RDA: 1,000 mg per day

EAR: 800 mg per day

UL: 2,500 mg per day


*RDA: Recommended Daily Allowance

*EAR: Estimated Average Requirement

*UL: Upper Limit Intake


Although it is the most abundant mineral in the body, chronic fluctuations of Calcium levels can be alarming too. 


Chronic Calcium Deficiency: Blood levels of <8.5 mg/dL

  • Stunted Growth and Development
  • Extremity Tingling and Numbness
  • Convulsions
  • Arrhythmias 

Chronic Calcium Toxicity: Blood Levels of >10.5 mg/dL

  • Constipation
  • Mental Impairment
  • Symptoms of Granulomatous Concerns
 Best Sources of Calcium for Kids
  • Milk and Yogurt have approximately 300 mg/cup
  • Cheese has approximately 300 mg/1.5 oz
  • Fortified Juices and Cereals
  • A Fresh Orange has approximately 50 mg
  • Spinach has 30 mg/cup
  • Other non-dairy food sources include almonds, broccoli, kale, turnips, figs, and tofu.

Quick, Fun and Easy Recipes


Mini Pizzas 

  • English Muffins
  • Tomato sauce
  • 1.5 oz of shredded cheese
  • Offers approximately 30% of the Daily Value for Calcium

Cheesy Baked Potatoes

  • 5 large potatoes
  • 1 cup brocoli
  • 1 cup red pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 green chili
  • 4 tbsp fresh cream
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • Offers approximately 40% of the Daily Value for Calcium

If you are concerned, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to seek out your pediatric care provider and/or a registered dietician. 


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Author: nursesarereal

My nursing professor once said that keeping a journal, over time, will allow me to see growth. In myself? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping. I like to believe that nursing school saved my life. Maybe I’ll have some fun doing this. Cheers.

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