Do you give your milk allergy child calcium supplements? What brands are dairy-free?
When Miles was diagnosed with milk allergies as an infant, I asked the pediatrician the same question. He answered by saying that since our diet was mainly whole foods and pretty healthy, that supplements and calcium supplements were not needed.
Then a couple years ago both of my boys starting having really bad dental check-up’s. They both have weak teeth, and have had too many cavities filled. Super frustrating.
So as part of my pursuits to figure out how to handle the tooth battle, I decided to start supplementing calcium. I am not opposed to multi-vitamins, either. But I do think that our diet is pretty healthy and well-rounded. If I’m going to spend money on supplements, the calcium and vitamin D is most important to me right now for my kids. Vitamin D helps us absorb the calcium.
We found that Yummi Bears has a vegetarian calcium for kids, with D3, that is allergen, gluten, gelatin, and dairy-free. The only downside is that it calls for 3 bears a day.
In addition to supplements, I try to make sure my kids drink calcium-fortified, unsweetened almond milk daily. We don’t do a lot of calcium-fortified orange juice because of the sugar and our teeth problems even though our dietitian recommended that to us in the beginning.
We also make sure our kids get leafy greens like spinach and kale. Our favorite way to “eat” these is through green smoothies. Broccoli is another green vegetable that we try to eat often.
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