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Here’s How Much Calcium Your Kid Needs And Where To Find It

All those ads of people with milk mustaches weren’t lying. Cow’s milk is one of the best sources of calcium known to man and your kid needs calcium – 500 mg per day of the stuff, according to the know-it-alls at the American Academy Of Pediatrics. That’s 2 servings of cow’s milk per day, but if your kid doesn’t like it or has an allergy, there are plenty of other foods that will work. Plain yogurt actually has more calcium per serving than milk, as do some cheeses. Oatmeal for breakfast and beans for dinner can get them to their daily allowance too, and then there’s the calcium-fortified cereals and juices. So, really, there’s no excuse for your kid to grow up with brittle bones, and if you need added incentive, remember that regular calcium intake ensure they’ll achieve their full height potential. Consider it an investment in their future basketball career.