CalciumCCalciumCalciumEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZTheresa Couto, RD;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE;Francy Pillo-Blocka RD, FDC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover the role of calcium in the body.</p><p></p><p>Calcium is the main building block of our bones and teeth. If we do not get enough calcium in the diet, the body draws on the calcium reserves in the bones, making them weaker. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Calcium works with vitamin D to strengthen bones and teeth.</li> <li>It is mostly found in green leafy vegetables, sardines, almonds, milk, cheese and yogurt.</li> <li>Calcium supplements are usually not needed, but a doctor may recommend them if a child has osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis or celiac disease. </li></ul>
CalciumCCalciumCalciumFrenchNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZTheresa Couto, RD;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE;Francy Pillo-Blocka RD, FDC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Découvrez le rôle du calcium dans le corps.</p><p>Le calcium est le principal élément nutritif de nos os et de nos dents. Si nous ne trouvons pas assez de calcium dans notre alimentation, le corps va puiser dans les réserves de calcium situées dans nos os et les fragilise. </p><br><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Le calcium interagit avec la vitamine D afin de solidifier les os et les dents.</li> <li>On le retrouve principalement dans les légumes verts et feuillus, les sardines, les amandes, le lait, le fromage et le yogourt.</li> <li>Des suppléments de calcium ne sont habituellement pas nécessaires, mais un médecin pourrait en recommander si un enfant souffre d’ostéoporose, de polyarthrite rhumatoïde ou de maladie cœliaque.</li></ul>

 

 

Calcium1448.00000000000CalciumCalciumCEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZTheresa Couto, RD;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE;Francy Pillo-Blocka RD, FDC000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover the role of calcium in the body.</p><p></p><p>Calcium is the main building block of our bones and teeth. If we do not get enough calcium in the diet, the body draws on the calcium reserves in the bones, making them weaker. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Calcium works with vitamin D to strengthen bones and teeth.</li> <li>It is mostly found in green leafy vegetables, sardines, almonds, milk, cheese and yogurt.</li> <li>Calcium supplements are usually not needed, but a doctor may recommend them if a child has osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis or celiac disease. </li></ul><figure class="asset-c-80"><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/INM_NRC_track1-8-3_illustration_food_calcium.jpg" alt="" /></figure> <h2>Supplements</h2><ul><li>Infants do not need a calcium supplement if they drink the recommended amount of breast milk or infant formula. However, infants need a vitamin D supplement to help them absorb the calcium in their diet.</li><li>Infants aged nine months and older can start having calcium-rich foods such as soft cheese and yogurt.</li><li>Anyone over age two can get the recommended calcium by drinking two cups of milk or fortified soy beverage each day.</li><li>Those who are lactose intolerant can get calcium from reduced lactose or lactose-free products such as soy beverages, yogurts and cheeses. Other food sources include tofu and sesame seeds.</li><li>Speak to a doctor about a calcium supplement if you have osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis or celiac disease.</li></ul><p> <strong>(!)</strong> Not recommended for children under four due to choking risk</p><p> <a href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/INM_NRC_track1-8-1_micronutrients_pdf.pdf" target="_blank">Print-Friendly Version</a></p>Calcium

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