Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Peta | 2009-04-14

Q.

6 month old calcium intake

Hello Dr
I emailed you about a month ago wrt to my child with dairy and soy allergies and am based in PE, you suggested i go and see Dr Gebers. I was seeing that Paed group anyway, so i was covered there....thanks.

My problem today is this - my 6 month old boy has just come out of hospital after 2 weeks with pneumonia again (3rd time this year and he has caught RSV) and then readmission for dehydration for not drinking more than 300ml in 24 hour period.

My paed Dr Purchase is at his wits end with my little boy - he doesnt drink as much as he should and doesnt eat all that well either. We even called in the dietitian to see what we can do but it was a useless exercise.

At the moment my child drinks between 300-400ml a day if i am lucky of his milk which is Similac Alimentum. That includes the amount that he will ingest due to porridge in the monring.

How much milk must he actually drink to ensure that he gets enough calcium per day? I am very concerned that he is not getting enough calcium in.

He does eat solids but is not a big eater and although he is not really small at 6.2kg, he is not gaining as he should and is about 1-2kg smaller than most other kids his age.

Should i be concerned? Is he getting enough calcium in? Is there some kind of vitamin etc that he can be on to ensure that we can build up his immunity system?

At the moment he is only on Losec and the singular sprinkles.

thanks for your advice.
Peta

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son may not like the taste of the Similac Alimentum? Many babies simply refuse to drink it at all because of its taste. You can try to add 1 drop of Vanilla essence to each bottle and see if he will take it better.Similac is fortified with calcium so he will get enough if he drinks a reasonable amount every day. His intake should be at least 120ml to 140 ml for every kilogram he weighs per day.If he will not drink the Similac Alimentum then your options are going to be very limited and very expensive. Please let me know what happens once you have tried the vanilla.

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