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When it is recommended to give calcium to infant? i have eight months child i give him only vitamin d drops ...he got one teeth only and didn't crawl?

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Dr. Alan Mease
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Calcium in babies: If the baby is breast fed or on a good formulae calcium supplementation in not necessary. Breast fed babies do need vit d. Crawling and number of teeth are not an indication of sufficient calcium. Some babies skip the crawling phase and go right to walking. Teeth appear between 6 months or as late as 12 months. In china many babies are unnecessarily given calcium.
Dr. Nour Baltagi
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Calcium supplement: As long as the child has a balanced diet including milk and vitamin supplement, he should be ok for now. Expect him to crawl soon, but you need to keep him on the floor to learn it, if he is all the time held in a swing all the times.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It's in formula/milk: The most convenient source of calcium is from the milk or formula they drink. Supplements are seldom needed at that age and have no relationship to tooth eruption or when they crawl.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Supplements: Be extremely careful not to overdo supplements. The crowns and the great majority of the roots of both baby and permanent teeth are formed well before eat teeth erupt. Calcium in milk and/or formula provides all the calcium needed for healthy tooth formation. Take your child to a Pediatric Dental Specialist at 1st birthday to review dent-racial growth & development an fluoride levels.

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