How do I know if my baby is prone to calcium deficiency?
In general, a baby’s calcium deficiency is related to the mother’s calcium deficiency during pregnancy. If the mother’s calcium deficiency occurs during breastfeeding, it will also affect the child being fed. In addition, during the baby’s growth, parents rarely take their babies out for sun exposure, and they may also have calcium deficiency .
Managing calcium deficiency in babies
A slight calcium deficiency can be supplemented with food supplements and sun exposure to increase vitamin D in the babies’ body that would help calcium absorption.
Things you should be aware of:
- a baby’s calcium supplementation should follow the guidance of a doctor.
- Milk is the best calcium supplement. Do not stir milk when it is heated to avoid loss of calcium.
- Calcium is needed most at night and is the easiest to absorb.
Baby’s calcium intake at different stages
Different baby ages require different calcium intake:
- 300 mg of calcium per day for 6 months
- 400 mg of calcium per day for >6 months
- 600 mg of calcium per day for >12 months old
- 800 mg per day for >4 years old
Calcium supplementation needs to be supplemented throughout the day. Mostly calcium-rich foods are used as supplementary foods for children, such as carrots , Chinese cabbage, celery stems, etc. can be simmered in stew soup; fish soup, broth and bone soup.
In addition, keep your child exposed to the sun, at first 1-5 minutes a day, 1-2 times a day. Babies born in winter (especially premature babies and twins) should be exposed to the sun, but keep warm and avoid wind.
Misunderstanding of calcium supplement
- The ultraviolet rays in sunlight rarely penetrate the glass, so basking in the sun through the glass is equivalent to not basking in the sun, so the baby must go outdoors in the sun.
- Laboratory tests cannot determine calcium deficiency. It must be determined by a doctor based on a comprehensive analysis of the baby’s medical history, symptoms, signs and auxiliary examinations.
- Although vitamin A is an essential nutrient for the human body, it is not as much as possible. Because vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it can be stored in the body, gradually consumed and utilized, and excessive storage or oral administration can cause poisoning.
- Many mothers worry that the baby does not want to take calcium, and often put the calcium in milk, rice soup or gruel for baby’s consumption, but in fact it is not conducive to the absorption of calcium.