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i know dairy foods have calcium, but what are other good food sources?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Several choices: Non-dairy sources of calcium include: calcium fortified soy milk, calcium fortified rice milk, tofu, sardines, beans, almonds, calcium fortified orange juice, bok choy, mustard greens, turnip greens, enriched breakfast cereals, etc... A shopper should always check the food labels to see how much calcium is in a serving. Also, tum's smoothies is often used as a calcium source.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
TUMS (calcium carbonate): Tums are a great source of calcium and they are cheap too. Your average tum can have betweem 300 to 600 mg of calcium. You also need vitamin d in your diet to absorb the calcium. Milk is fortified with vitamin d to help absorb the calcium.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can I make sure my baby gets enough calcium?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Breast or formula: A baby who is breastfed will get all the nutrients needed, including calcium, for the first 6 months (with the possible exception of vitamin d). All approved formulas contain adequate levels of calcium and should be used if not breastfeeding for the first 12 months. Homemade formulas or alternative formulas may be deficient in calcium and other nutrients and are not recommended.
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Does my baby need more food?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: If your baby is gaining well and he/she is not requiring more and more frequent feeds, then you baby should be getting enough food.
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When will my baby be able to handle large pieces of food?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Depends: Most infants can start to tolerate more solid foods (such as bits of pasta) around 9 months of age. This often occurs around the same age the baby develops a good pincer grasp. However, some babies have problems which delay the timing (eg. Reflux, feeding aversion or gagging). Also many premature babies need extra time to develop this skills. It is best to consult your doctor on the right timing.
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What should I do if my baby is really particular about the food he eats?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Keep trying: Keep introducing new foods with different textures and flavors. Often they will have to try something up to 10-15 times before liking it. Babies and kids are more likely to eat when they see others eating as well. Be a model for your children and talk about how yummy and healthy the food is. Above all, don't give up, keep introducing those healthy foods and try not to resort to processed foods.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is frozen vegetarian food healthy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Frozen vegetables often maintain nutrients better than vegetables shipped long distances. Make sure the food is not heavy in salt and saturated fats. Read the label carefully.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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Wish you good health!
Feb 24, 2018

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