Posted by: Eliza | 2011/05/17


Milk and Calcium

I am concerned about our 2 yr old grandson''s lack of milk products in his diet. He does have ANY milk, yoghurt or cheese. He loves cheese, but his parents seem to think that is giving him nightmares, and have discontinued. He used to enjoy yoghurt when visiting me, but no more. Is this something to be concerned about? He doesnt drink a bottle at all, drinks from a feeding cup junior juices. he is a happy, active, healthy chappie otherwise. This is probably a dietician''s question, but cant find a forum for this. Many thanks from a loving, concerned granny.

Expert's Reply



Thank you for your question. Children of 2 years do not need to drink all that much milk, usually about 600ml per day [2 cups] is enough.Yoghurt is agood source of calcium as is cheese. Growing children do need calcium in their diet. Your grandson's diet is deficient in calcium now. If his parents do not want him to eat the yellow cheeses then perhaps he can eat white cheese. He should still have his yoghurt which is rich in calcium and also contains good bacteria or probiotics.

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