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Calcium for Toddlers: Building Healthy Bones and Teeth Early On

Written by: Christian Kent Aguillon

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Time to read 4 min

DID YOU KNOW?
 

as much as 99% of the body's calcium is found in the bones?  We cannot produce our own calcium in our body. That's why we need to depend on calcium-rich foods or grab a supplement when needed, and also help keep those bones, teeth, muscles, and everything in tip-top shape  for  a core healthy habit for a toddler's daily needs.


The toddler years are a rollercoaster of exploration and development, and as your child's first teacher and nurturer, you play a vital role in shaping their foundation for a healthy life. In this blog, we’re going to talk about how calcium plays a significant role in your toddler’s  growing bodies and  healthier ways to build up  your little one’s bones and teeth in their earlier stages!


Let's navigate the fascinating terrain of toddlerhood and equip ourselves with the knowledge to fortify the future well-being of our precious little ones!

Importance of Calcium for Toddlers

Skipping out on calcium during childhood could leave your toddler vulnerable to future circumstances like weakening their bones and prone to fractures. Calcium is the mineral responsible for making bones hard, it’s also the key mineral for creating the enamel that coats our teeth. In addition, calcium ensures the proper functioning of organs, the brain, and skeletal muscles. 

Little Girl drinking milk

Daily calcium needs for your toddler

The amount of calcium needed each day from food depends on the age of the child:

  • 1 to 3 years: 500mg
  • 4 to 8 years: 700mg
  • 9 to 11 years: 1000mg
  • 12 to 18 years: 1300mg

Read more : Can Increasing Calcium Intake Boost Bone Growth?

Calcium for Toddlers, it's recommended to ensure a minimum daily calcium intake of at least two and a half cups. This increases to at least three cups for children and adults over eight. Insufficient calcium levels during the toddler years may contribute to dental issues and could affect their ongoing growth and development.

Foods that help ensure your toddler’s daily calcium needs

Dairy Foods

Milk, yogurt, and cheese are top calcium sources. A cup of milk (8 ounces) packs 300 mg of calcium, regardless of fat content.

Milk

Leafy Greens

Raw or lightly steamed broccoli, kale, and collards. (Boiling vegetables may remove a significant portion of their mineral content.)

Broccoli
Grains

Calcium-fortified cereals, pasta, bread, and other grain-based foods help fortify your little one's calcium intake.

Bread
Supplements

For toddlers, a daily calcium supplement of 200-500 mg is sufficient. Calcium is best paired with vitamin D, and it's also advisable for a supplement that also includes essential minerals like magnesium and zinc. 

Supplements

TruHeight Bone Growth Gummy provides support for the healthy growth of your little one's bones and teeth. Packed with essential nutrients, including Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Zinc. Our TruHeight Bone Growth Gummy comes in a delightful strawberry flavor that your toddler is sure to love. It's a fun and delicious way to ensure your child receives the necessary building blocks for strong bones and a bright smile by munching these yummy gummies!

TruHeight Bone Growth Gummy

How calcium benefits your child’s dental development

Your little one's teeth start growing even before they're born, and their grown-up teeth keep getting stronger as they go through childhood. It's like a building process where calcium is the ingredient that helps make their teeth durably strong. 

How do I know if my child has calcium deficiency?

In toddlers, a calcium deficiency can show up in various ways. Here are some signs and potential outcomes:

  • Muscle Spasms and Cramping
    Your little one might experience muscle spasms or cramps, causing discomfort.
  • Tingling or Burning Sensation
    They could feel a tingling or burning sensation around the mouth and fingers, which indicates how calcium shortage affects nerve function.
  • Facial Spasms and Tics
    Facial muscles may be affected, leading to spasms or twitches on the face.
  • Seizures 
    In extreme cases, calcium deficiency can contribute to seizures, involving unusual electrical activity in the brain.
  • Tremors
    Involuntary shaking or trembling might occur due to impaired coordination between nerves and muscles.
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
    Insufficient calcium levels in your little one’s teeth can lead to demineralized spots, characterized by dull white areas that lack the strength of regular enamel. These spots are delicate and pose a significant risk of progressing into full-fledged cavities.

Long-term consequences for bone health in toddlers include:

  • Reduced Bone Density (Osteopenia)
    Mild calcium deficiency can lead to a slight reduction in bone density, making bones somewhat weaker than usual.
  • Osteoporosis
    Severe and prolonged calcium deficiency might eventually result in osteoporosis, where bones become fragile and more prone to fractures.

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In summary, 

ensuring toddlers get enough calcium is key to developing sturdy bones and teeth. Recognizing signs of deficiency highlights the need for proactive measures. By including calcium-rich foods and, if necessary, supplements in their diet. Understanding the potential consequences of deficiency emphasizes the significance of early nutritional investments for our toddlers' well-being, ensuring a future marked by strong and resilient growth.
 



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FAQs:

Does TruHeight have any side effects?

We're happy to let you know that we haven't received any reports of negative side effects from TruHeight since we began our company. It's always important to listen to your body and if you have any concerns, please consult with your doctor. We strive to provide safe and effective products for our customers, and we're always here to help if you have any further questions or concerns.

Does TruHeight contain any stimulants, HGH, or steroids?

No, all of Truheight's products are natural blends of herbs and vitamins.

How do I ensure my toddler gets enough calcium without dairy?

There are non-dairy sources rich in calcium, including leafy greens like kale, fortified cereals, soy-based products, and certain nuts. Incorporating these into your toddler's diet can help supplement their calcium intake if they're not consuming dairy products.

Is TruHeight FDA Approved?

The FDA regulates prescription and over-the-counter drugs, not supplements. That said, our natural, 100% drug-free supplements are manufactured in the USA in a facility that adheres to the requirements of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and uses Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs) to ensure its safety.