Kids and Calcium

Kids and Calcium

Lactose Free Snacking


As a parent you know how essential calcium is for strong bones and teeth. You also know that milk and milk products are calcium powerhouses. Making sure that your child with lactose intolerance gets his or her daily requirement of calcium can be very challenging.

How much calcium does your child actually need? According to the National Institutes of Health children between the ages of 1 and 3 need 700mg per day. Children between 4 and 8 need 1,000mg while children 9-18 need 1,300mg per day.

Because calcium is so important to growing bodies, there are many calcium fortified juices and cereals on the market. Excellent non-dairy sources of calcium found in natural foods include broccoli, green leafy vegetables such as collard greens, kale, and turnip greens, almonds, Brazil nuts, dried beans, canned salmon, and canned sardines. But because getting your child to snack on canned sardines and collard greens might be a little tough, we’ve put together a few easy, calcium-rich, kid-friendly after school snack ideas for you. Click here to see our snack ideas.