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Calcium Requirements in Vegetarian Babies

Calcium is majority found in bones and teeth. It combines with magnesium that helps for marinating healthy heart. It also helps in muscle growth, contraction and relaxation of the muscles. It is essential in mummy’s diet during the pregnancy because baby’s teeth begin to form after birth in between 4 to 6 months old but for that healthy teeth formation calcium plays an important role. If sufficient amount of calcium not available then baby teeth will be the weekend.

Generally, calcium is not absorbed by the body properly. Only human milk calcium can be absorbed by 60% to 70 % while cow milk calcium absorption is only 20% to 30%. For a proper amount of calcium absorption needs Vitamin D and A, minerals like magnesium and phosphorus, in a sufficient amount. Deficiency of calcium leads to bone malformation (abnormality in bone), muscle cramps and soft teeth.    

Milk and other dairy products are the primary sources of calcium. These are the required amount of calcium by RDA,

Breastfeed mum require calcium 1300 mg per day.

 This table is for non-breastfed babies.

  0 to 6 months

360 mg per day

6 to 12 months

540 mg per day

1 to 3 years

800 mg per day

 Calcium in any form is good for your body. Some of the top calcium-rich foods are:

1. Cheese

2. Yogurt

3. Milk

4. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale (200 mg calcium), turnips, and collard greens

6. Fortified cereals such as Raisin Bran, and Corn Flakes (They have a lot of calcium in one serving.)

7. Fortified orange juice

8. Soybeans ½ cup cooked = 65 mg calcium

9. Fortified soy milk (Not all soy milk is a good source of calcium, so it’s best to check the label.)

10. Enriched slices of bread, grains, and waffles.

Here are some non-dairy foods that are rich in calcium.

  • 4 ounce piece Tofu = 150 mg
  • Green leafy vegetables like collard greens, turnip greens, kale and spinach
  • Beans
  • Broccoli (boiled) stalk = 160 mg
  • Almond Milk or Butter
  • Papaya
  • Calcium-fortified cereals
  • Calcium-fortified soy milk
  • Calcium-fortified orange juice

Vitamin drops for babies and kids

Vitamins are very important for children from weaning age like 6 months to 5 years. Due to less breastfeeding or formula milk, all nutrients are not found in the daily diet. So the very little quantity of vitamin drops is required. This article contains all about vitamins.

Most breastfed babies or formula milk fed babies need to begin with vitamin D, A and C from six months old to five years age. These vitamin drops are the safeguard or health suppliers when child’s diet is insufficient in vitamins. You should continue these doses of vitamins till your child starts a proper diet with fruits, vegetables and other food varieties in sufficient quantity.  Vitamin D is easily available in sunlight; if your child spent at least half an hour in sunlight he will get sufficient amount of vitamin D fro his skin. But be careful about sunburn, use good quality sunscreen lotions to avoid sunburn problem.

  • Vitamin D also found in milk, fortified breakfast cereals, meat, oily fish and fortified margarine in baby food.
  • Dark skin babies of Asian, African, Afro- the Caribbean and the idle Eastern origin and others, are more likely to have low Vitamin D stores than white babies.
  • Mothers with low vitamin D stores are; darkly pigmented skin, who spend less time in outdoors, those who cover their skin when outside and those living in the dark areas with less sunlight.
  • Vitamin drops are available at minimal cost or free to those on income support or a job seeker’s Allowance in the UK.
  • Take more information from your Doctor or Health visitors from the UK.
  • Calcium is one of the many minerals that you need to be healthy. Calcium is very important to ensure strong, healthy bones and teeth. It also helps muscles and nerves to work properly. In addition, calcium may help you to manage your weight and blood pressure, and play a role in preventing colon cancer. Vitamin D helps you to absorb and use calcium and has other health benefits.
  • Quantity for Calcium

Age                                                      Dose or Quantity

0-6 months 210 mg/day
7-12 months 270 mg/day
1-3 years 500 mg/day
4-8 years 800 mg/day
9-18 years 1300 mg/day
19-50 years 1000 mg/day
Over 50 years 1200 mg/day

 

0-1 year                 400 IU/day  and

1-20 years              200 IU/day

Vitamin D Food

Milk 1 cup 100
Fortified rice or soy beverage 1 cup 80
Fortified orange juice 1/2 cup 45
Fortified margarine 2 tsp 51
Egg yolk 1 25
Herring or trout, cooked 75 g 156
Mackerel, cooked 75 g 80
Salmon, Atlantic, cooked 75 g 225
Salmon, canned or cooked 75 g 608
Sardines, Atlantic, canned 75 g 70
Sardines, Pacific, canned 75 g 360
Tuna, canned, light or white 75 g 41
Tuna, canned 75 g 105
Tuna, Skipjack, cooked 75 g 381
Tuna, bluefin, cooked 75 g 690