Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Includes Expert Content
Teens and Bone Health
avatar
Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
I have two daughters and a son in their teens. Their father is big on the milk drinking-but I don't push it. Should I? How much should they be drinking? What about other sources of calcium in their diet?
Reply
 
avatar
NATIONAL OSTEOPOROSIS FOUNDATION
Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS responded:
Dear Louise,

Getting the recommended amount of calcium is especially critical for building strong bones during the childhood and teen years.

*Boys and girls ages 9 through 18 should get 1,300 milligrams
of calcium and 400 international units of vitamin D every day.

*Girls and boys ages 4 through 8 should get 800 milligrams and
400 international units of vitamin D every day.

Low-fat and non-fat milk and other dairy products can help people of all ages meet their calcium needs. One glass of vitamin D-fortified milk has about 300 milligrams of calcium and 100 international units of vitamin D per cup. Some green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and soybeans also have smaller amounts of calcium. Calcium-fortified foods offer another easy way to add calcium to the diet. Look for juices, breakfast foods, soymilk, cereals, snacks, breads and bottled water to see if calcium has been added.

In addition to making sure your children are getting enough calcium and vitamin D, they should also aim for about 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Playing sports, running and jumping are some great choices to help your children build strong bones.

For more information, visit
http://www.nof.org/prevention/calcium2.htm and www.nof.org .
 
avatar
Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to Karen Kemmis, PT, DPT, MS's response:
Thanks!

The exercise isn't hard to work in. Now considering some new ways to work dairy into our diet. We use a lot of cheese in our house but the kids seem to have given up cereal-and don't snack often.


Helpful Tips

Great product for arthritis pain sufferers
For two years, I was suffering with pain in my left arm. In addition, I grew a bone spur on my left foot. The doctor diagnosed me with ... More
Was this Helpful?
2 of 2 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website