Milk Allergy Question ~ Does My Child Need Calcium Supplements?




Original Post: 08/03/13


Reader Question

Do you give your milk allergy child calcium supplements? What brands are safe and dairy-free?


My Experience

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 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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30 comments:

Chris said...

We use Almond milk because it is higher in calcium than cow milk.

Stephanie said...

I've heard from many blogs and our allergist and chiro that u dobt need calcium u need vitamin d

Donna said...

Crystal Calcium by a company called Kal. It is an unflavored drink mix. Each rounded scoop has 1000 mg of calcium and 200 iu of vitamin D. I mix it in my sons oatmeal. The child's dose is less.

MommyandDaddyMix said...

My 4 yo son takes tums

Michelle said...

I drink coconut milk which has double the calcium than cow's milk. Almond milk is also double.

Laura said...

Brayd has crappy teeth at 10. I should have pushed it harder, but honestly figuring out what to feed him trumped calcium!

Mary said...

Gummy calcium bears

Deedra said...

Molasses has calcium too

Laura said...

we are always fighting this battle with the dietician. I am feeding him what he wants/eats, I just do the best I can!

Katie said...

I haven't given it too much thought because the almond milk I buy advertises as having more calcium in it than cows milk...Maybe I should look into it?

Lauren said...

Nice big glass if fortified calcium OJ every morning, green veggies.

Sale Stuff said...

Apparentely cucumber is fantastic for calcium!

Anonymous said...

Isn't the sour ingredient in these gummies bad for teeth?

Diana said...

Hello. Since my daughter is not big on drinking soy milk she love the OJ with the added calcium. or she likes to make smoothies. My daughter just came upon your blog. Yeah! She is dairy allergic & we are always trying to find diary free accommodations etc. Both she & I eat dairy free. Wow so much to talk about here. I will be back. Thks for your site.

Diana said...

We always worried about the teeth & calcium etc. Did not get many answers from the medical community, mabe because there are not many studies done in this area of food allergy & dental health?? not sure. Our daughter who is total dairy allergic & not a fan of drinking soymilk plain, drinks the calcium fortified OJ also. Glad to see this blog just found it thanks.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Welcome, Diana. Thanks for being here.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Anonymous, you are right about gummies and sour not being good for teeth. I try to give these right before the boys need a tooth-brushing anyways. Hoping that does the trick.

Nikki G said...

If your body isn't making enough vitamin D (easily done if you get some sun without sunscreen every day; not much is needed) and you don't get it from a supplement, your body can't metabolize any calcium.

Jamie Kaufmann said...

We just make sure our kiddo eats a well balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies. You don't necessarily need a milk in their diet.

Anonymous said...

I love everyone's answers but you definitely want to ask your ped to be sure. Most kids aren't getting enough through vegetables and do need a supplement of calcium and d.

Heather said...

We put a vitamin D drop in his drink each day and buy juices, dairy-free yogurts, etc that have calcium. We make smoothies with yogurt, fruit, almond milk and add a strawberry flavored calcium supplement. When he is going through a picky eating phase it can be tough to get him what he needs sometimes.

Christine said...

My daughter takes calcium supplements she drinks rice milk we also give her almond yogurt also orange juice wuth calcium and lots if fruits and veggies. We make homemade pizza with vegan cheese. I never know if its enough but I try to get calcium however I can in her food

Anonymous said...

There are lots of other sources of calcium, including veggies!

Anonymous said...

Our doctor suggested broccoli and orange juice and a liquid vitamin.

Anonymous said...

We use hemp milk

Jessica said...

Almond milk

Michelle said...

We also use Silk Vanilla Almond

Alisa @ Go Dairy Free said...

Hi Jamie, it isn't as much the quantity of calcium as the ability to absorb it. The D is fantastic, but most diets are actually low in magnesium. An imbalance with magnesium can pose a problem even if calcium consumption is increased.

Funny, gummies are how I get my husband to take supplements, too :)

Jamie Kaufmann said...

Hi Alyssa! You are right about magnesium. I take it and notice a difference in a lot of ways. SO many of us are deficient.

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