All children need to get plenty of calcium in their diets throughout childhood in order to build strong bones. Dairy products, fortified foods, and some vegetables are good sources of calcium.
Infants from 0-6 months need 200 milligrams (mg) of calcium each day; infants 7-12 months need 260 mg; toddlers aged 1-3 years need 700 mg; and children aged 4-8 years need 1,000 mg per day.
The following are foods that are rich in calcium: ready-to-eat cereal, fortified orange juice, plain (cow) milk, soy milk, yogurt, cheese, tofu, canned salmon, cottage cheese, turnip greens, kale, ice cream, bok choy, whole wheat bread, and broccoli.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, September 2020