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Laura photo #17If you weren’t able to join us yesterday for the Webinar by ADDitude Magazine you can still go to their website and click on the webinar to hear my presentation and see all my slides.

A couple of things I wanted to add.  If your child is sensitive to milk or doesn’t like milk products, then he/she will need a calcium supplement every day.  Some (but not all) of the milk replacement products like rice, coconut, soy, and almond milks have calcium added–about 300 mgs per cup.  You’ll find a table of RDAs for different age groups below.  If your child is age 8 and drinking 2 glasses of fortified soy milk each day he will be getting about 600 mgs.  So you will want to add a supplement of 400 mgs to make the 1000 mgs total for the day.  I like to use calcium citrate powder.  It has no taste and dissolves well in juice or water.  Calcium has a calming effect on some children while building strong bones and teeth! Some of the milk substitutes also contain vitamin D but the amounts are not great–100 to 120 mgs per cup.

Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Calcium [1]
Age Male Female Pregnant Lactating
0–6 months* 200 mg 200 mg
7–12 months* 260 mg 260 mg
1–3 years 700 mg 700 mg
4–8 years 1,000 mg 1,000 mg
9–13 years 1,300 mg 1,300 mg
14–18 years 1,300 mg 1,300 mg 1,300 mg 1,300 mg
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