How to supplement children with calcium in winter

June 27, 2018 | By NuBest
Many mothers still tell each other about calcium supplementation for children in winter. However, its causes and practical benefits have not been thoroughly investigated. In order to support parents in taking care of their children's health most effectively, we have researched and synthesized some important information on this subject and presented it in the article below.

Why do we have to supplement our children with calcium in winter?

Calcium is a mineral that plays an important role in the physical development of young children. This is the main material that forms human bones, joints and teeth. Moreover, calcium also takes part in coagulation, strengthens the immune system and ensures the activities of the nervous system, muscles, etc. Therefore, providing sufficient calcium to children is very important in order that they can grow taller and develop more smoothly.

However, if parents only care about calcium supplementation without paying attention to providing vitamin D to their children, their children's bodies only absorb 10% of calcium intake. It's because vitamin D acts as a conductor for the body to absorb calcium.

Supplementing children with calcium in winter is very important to their health.

Actually, children can synthesize vitamin D by themselves in order to "transport" calcium to the "targets" through sunshine. However, in winter, the temperature is low and there is very little sun in the day, even there are many consecutive days without sunshine. Moreover, many parents restrict their children's going out because they worry that the cold weather can make their children get sick. And if children go out, they are also protected very carefully by their parents so they have almost no chance of exposure to sun to synthesize vitamin D. This is the cause of calcium deficiency in children in winter.

Therefore, winter is the time when mothers should pay attention to calcium supplementation for children in order to ensure that children stay healthy and grow taller favorably in severe weather conditions without opportunities to expose to sunlight regularly.

How to supplement children with calcium in winter

Calcium supplementation needs to be performed throughout children's developmental stages. However, in winter, this process must be paid more attention.

In order to provide calcium to children properly, mothers need to know how much calcium is appropriate for their children's body conditions.

  • Children from 0 to 6 months old require 300 mg/day.
  • Children from 7 to 12 months old require 400 mg/day.
  • Children from 1 to 3 years old require 500 mg/day.
  • Children from 4 to 6 years old require 600 mg/day.
  • Children from 7 to 9 years old require 700 mg/day.
  • Children over 11 years old require 1200 mg/day.

In order to supplement children with calcium in winter, mothers have two options: from foods or from dietary supplements.

There are many ways to supplement children with calcium in winter.

Foods: In order to ensure the sufficient provision of calcium to children in winter, parents need to supplement their children with calcium through food groups: milk and dairy products; seafood such as shrimps, crabs, fishes; vegetables such as amaranth, cabbage; fruit such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines; kinds of beans. Calcium-rich foods are quite diverse, which not only provides sufficient calcium to children but also brings about an appetite to them.

Dietary supplements: For sufficient and proper calcium supplementation for children in winter, dietary supplements are options which cannot be ignored. Among the dietary supplements, height growth supplements are the most suitable products with the formula studied and calculated carefully in order to ensure the sufficient calcium provision to children and minimize the calcium excess which affects children's health. Furthermore, the height growth supplements also contain some nutrients which effectively support children's physical development and mental development.

Some notes:

  • Children's bodies absorb calcium most easily in the morning.
  • Carbonated beverages, tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages can cause calcium loss in the body. Therefore, mothers should minimize the use of these products in children.
  • Calcium excess is as dangerous as calcium deficiency, so avoid letting children eat too much calcium-rich foods or use calcium supplements indiscriminately.
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