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Does my baby need supplementary calcium

For infants from 1 to 6 months, breastfeeding babies are about 300 mg, and bottle fed babies are about 400 mg. Infants from 7 to 12 months, about 500 to 600 mg. Children from 1 to 3 years old need about 600 to 800 mg per day, and about 1000 mg in adolescence. 

Dietitians say that two weeks after the baby is born, they should start to add enough calcium. Mother’s milk  or milk products   are the best food for calcium supplementation, which not only contains more calcium, but also has a high absorption rate.

When does the baby need calcium supplement?

 Generally speaking, you can give your baby proper calcium before 2 years old. After 2 years old, your baby can meet the calcium needed for growth through a reasonable diet.

How much calcium is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract depends mainly on the baby’s calcium nutrition status at that time, and is also regulated by the baby’s activated vitamin D, parathyroid glands and other substances. 

Therefore, the baby should pay attention to vitamin D intake when supplementing calcium, and it is best to go out outdoors every day. Sunbathing and outdoor sports are the most natural calcium absorption accelerators.

When does the baby take calcium supplements every day?

It is best to take it in small amounts between meals. When the body’s intake of calcium is less than 50mg, the absorption rate of calcium can be greatly improved. Therefore, calcium can be taken between two meals (1 to 2 hours after a meal).

Why take calcium between meals? Because calcium supplementation between meals can prevent milk and plant foods or oily foods from hindering calcium absorption. Most plant foods contain salt  such as oxalate, carbonate, phosphate and the fatty acids generated after the decomposition of fat can also be combined with calcium and not easily intestinal absorption.

What are the precautions for baby calcium supplement

  1. Excessive intake of calcium increases the risk of toxic and side effects. At the same time, it also affects the absorption of other micronutrients such as iron and zinc. 
  2. Do not take calcium tablets with lead when your baby is on calcium, lead is harmful to the baby.
  3. Do not take calcium tablets on an empty stomach because calcium absorption is better with a full stomach.

Do babies who need breast milk need calcium supplements?

Those who are fed by breast milk or formula food from 0 to 1 years old do not need calcium supplementation. 1 to 3 years old, ensure to consume 400 to 500 grams of milk every day, or a considerable amount of dairy products, and then a balanced diet, no calcium supplementation is required.

However, Parents should not blindly add calcium supplements, it is best  to consult the opinions of professionals, and give the best calcium supplement plan according to the baby’s physique and diet.

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