Calcium needs for children with cow's milk allergy

Calcium needs for children with cow's milk allergy

Is your child getting enough calcium? If your child has to avoid dairy products for their cow's milk allergy, make sure they are eating enough other foods containing calcium.

How much calcium does my child need each day?

Dairy products provide most people with their main source of calcium. If your child has to avoid dairy products because they are allergic to cow's milk, make sure they are eating enough other foods containing calcium to meet their daily needs.

Agemg/day
1-3500
4-8700
9-111000
12-181300

What dairy-free foods have calcium?

Alternative milksCalcium (mg)
Soy, rice, oat, almond milks, fortified with calcium, 100mls120
Alternative dairy products 
Angel Foods cheddar, 30g98

Kingland soy yoghurt, 100g

50
Alpro soy dessert, 125g150
Alpro soy custard, 100mls120
Tofu (soy bean curd), 1 cup275
Cereals 
Light 'n' Tasty, 1 cup400
Special K, 1 cup320
Nutrigrain, 1 cup110
Egg, 1 large35
Fish & shellfish 
Salmon, canned in spring water, 100g (including the bones)270
Sardines, 50g canned250
Green mussels, steamed, x 114
Fruit 
Dried figs, x 264
Fresh fruit, 1 average serve20
Rhubarb, 1 cup230
Legumes 
Baked beans, ½ cup50
Cannellini beans, canned, ¼ cup28
Seeds 
Poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon43

Sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons

168
Tahini, 2 tablespoons106
Tree Nuts 
Almonds, raw, 1034
Vegetables 
Broccoli, boiled, 1 cup52
Rocket leaves, 1 cup75
Silverbeet, boiled, 1 cup39
Spinach, boiled, 1 cup130

Should my child have a calcium supplement?

Your child may need a calcium supplement if they are only getting 50 percent or less of their calcium needs due to a lack of calcium-rich foods. You can buy a calcium supplement, or your doctor can prescribe one. Give your child a calcium supplement with meals.

A multivitamin and mineral supplement will not provide enough calcium. You will need to give your child a separate calcium supplement. There are many options available and you can buy them online, at the supermarket, health shop or at your local pharmacy.

If you are buying a supplement, check the supplement is dairy-free, or free of any other ingredients your child may be allergic to. Ask your family doctor to refer you to a dietitian. A dietitian will check how much calcium your child is currently getting in food. They will give you advice about how much extra calcium your child will need.

The Concise NZ Food Composition Tables, 12th edition, 2016.

The content on this page has been developed and approved by the National Child and Youth Allergy Clinical Network, Paediatric Society New Zealand.

This page last reviewed 17 February 2019.
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