Osteoporosis

Updated 09 July 2014

Bone-building tips for fussy kids

During childhood, a diet rich in calcium foods will help to ensure attainment of maximal peak bone mass. But what if your child is fussy about foods?

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A healthy diet is one of the cornerstones of ensuring strong bones throughout life. During childhood, a diet rich in calcium foods will help to ensure attainment of maximal peak bone mass. But what if your child is fussy about foods?

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Don’t make a big issue if your child isn't keen on eating a certain food – this could lead to a life-long aversion; rather offer a variety of calcium-rich foods, such as milk, yoghurt, sardines, green vegetables, pulses, nuts and grains; give your child small portions and offer seconds, rather than giving him/her a large plate of food; take advantage of his/her natural appetite – the child will be more willing to eat a particular food if he/she is hungry; add cheese, milk and yoghurt to cooked meals and increase your child's calcium intake in this way.

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