Bone Builders Tips For Children

Start Early On Calcium:

It all begins in the womb. The developing baby needs calcium to grow strong bones and teeth and other important functions. There’s a direct relation between a mom-to-be’s calcium intake and the newborn’s bone density. The childhood years are crucial too. A calcium shot fall in early years can set up your child for a bone-density deficit later as an adult. In this post, we will check tips for bone builders for children.

Make Milk a priority:

Milk is the best source of calcium. It is the primary source of nutrition for infant mammals (including humans who breastfeed) before they are able to digest other types of food. It also has vitamins D, minerals like phosphorus potassium and zinc, an essential amino acid, all of which help strengthen bones. Kids 4 to 8 years need three cups of milk every day. If your child doesn’t like milk, try the flavored varieties that have just as much calcium, though they have more calories. You can also feed her a dairy equivalent – a bowl of curd, or paneer or cheese. And for kids who are lactose intolerant, soya milk is a good option.

Vitamin D:

Vitamin D refers to a group of fat-soluble secosteroids( “broken” ring- derives from the verb Latin) responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, and multiple other biological effects.

Vitamin D helps our body to absorb calcium and move this into the bones. Only a few foods contain vitamin D. In order to get vitamin D you have to eat eggs, fatty fish and butter. Milk is also a good choice. Fatty fish means fishes like tuna and salmon. Another source of vitamin D is sunlight. When you or your child’s body exposed to sunlight, our body makes vitamin D from that light. In humans, the most important compounds in this group are vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol).

Read more about Vitamin D.

Low levels of this vitamin lead to low bone density. Rickets is an example for deficiency of vitamin D, according to wiki Rickets is defective mineralization or calcification of bones before epiphyseal closure in immature mammals due to deficiency or impaired metabolism of vitamin D. It is a softening of the bones. When bones become weak they can’t bear weight and may become deformed over time.  Kids with rickets develop either bow legs or knock knees, and may not grow well.

Read more about Rickets.

Seek out a supplement:

Your child may need a calcium supplement if she has been ill or hasn’t been eating well. Calcium supplement usually taste good and kids have them happy but don’t administer them without asking the doctor. ” consult a doctor if your child has delayed dentition, complains of joint pains, has noticeable nail problems and let him decide if he or she needs a supplement at all.

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