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Can my child take calcium?

The best way to make sure your child gets enough calcium is through his diet. Good sources include:
  • low-fat dairy foods, such as skim or 1% milk, low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt
  • tofu fortified with calcium
  • calcium-fortified orange juice
  • dark, leafy greens
  • broccoli
  • beans
  • almonds
Make sure your child is also getting enough vitamin D, which the body needs to absorb calcium well.

Talk with a pediatrician about whether your child is getting enough calcium from food and whether a supplement is a good idea.

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