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Daily Calcium And Vitamin D Requirements For Children For Healthy Bones And Teeth

Maggie LaBarbera • RN, MBA • May 12, 2012

Calcium and vitamin D work together.  Without vitamin D, the body can not use the calcium to build strong bones.  The milk group of My Plate, is the best source of calcium and vitamin D.

Do you know how much calcium and vitamin D your child needs?

Children's Daily Calcium And Vitamin D Needs

Nutrient Tool for Parentsmilk foods are high in calcium and vitamin D

Only a few foods contain vitamin D naturally such as salmon, sardines, canned light tuna, and eggs. Fortified foods provide a dietary source of vitamin D and include milk, some cereals, breads, and fruit juices. Finally, multi-vitamins contain 400 IUs of vitamin D although amounts may vary depending on the brand.
The chart below indicates daily intake of calcium and vitamin D:
Age Calcium per day Vitamin D per day
0-6 months 210 mg 400 IUs*
7-12 months 270 mg 400 IUs*
1-3 years old 500 mg 200 IUs
4-8 years old 800 mg 200 IUs
9-18 years old 1300 mg 200 IUs
19-50 years old 1000 mg 200 IUs
50+ 1200 mg 200 IUs
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Written by Maggie LaBarberaWritten on May 12, 2012Last updated on Oct 16, 2013




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