Why is calcium necessary for my child?

Calcium is a mineral that helps make bones and teeth strong. Without enough calcium, bones become weak and may break easily. Calcium is needed all during life to prevent the bone disorder osteoporosis.

Children with chronic illnesses like arthritis and renal failure may have continued calcium loss. This may lead to an increased risk of bone fractures. Some children take medicines, like prednisone, that may also cause calcium loss. It is important for these children to get plenty of calcium and/or calcium supplements in their diet.

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