As September comes, hot summer days have drifted away, followed by cool autumn days. According to traditional Chinese medicine, we should live in harmony with the seasons. Cooler temperatures make us experience thermal comfort, which in turn increases our appetite. This is the time when nutrient absorption is improved and the tonic properties of supplements are more fully displayed. As an old Chinese saying goes: “One should waste no time in autumn in getting ready for a child’s skeletal changes,” we can supplement our children’s diet with richer calcium when improving their nutrient intake in autumn.
Generally speaking, there are three stages of skeletal growth: preparation period at age 8-9, golden period at age 10-17, consolidation period at age 18-22, among of which, the golden period is of the greatest importance. What’s more, children at the time of growth and development, are comparatively more susceptible to the loss of calcium in their bodies after their exposure to a scorching summer, thus being more likely to be at risk of calcium deficiency. Therefore, as autumn is a perfect season for calcium supplementation, parents should seize the moment and make their children taller.
For children at the time of growth and development, whose daily diet falls
short of the calcium requirement, taking calcium tablets is also a good choice
apart from dietetic nourishment. Ofmom Calcium & Vitamin K+D Chewable
Tablets for kids aged 4-17 are suitable for children and teenagers. The product
contains vitamin K2 which helps bind calcium to our bones, vitamin D3 which
promotes the absorption of calcium and calcium carbonate which contains a high
content of elemental calcium. The efficacy of the above three ingredients
serves one purpose— to increase calcium in the body and promote bone health.
The calcium tablet can be taken half an hour after a meal or before bedtime.
If we’re not able to tell whether our children are calcium deficient and
concerned about supplement overdose, we could estimate their daily calcium
intake based on their daily diet and make an appointment for them for a bone
density test. If in daily life, children often show symptoms of cramp, muscle
spasms, convulsions, growing pain, knee pain, hip pain or they have delayed
formation of permanent teeth, widely spaced permanent teeth or pits in teeth
enamel, they’re likely at risk of calcium deficiency. Parents should watch
closely and be mindful of the occurrence of similar symptoms.
Excessive sweating and teeth grinding are often mistaken by many parents for symptoms of calcium deficiency. But actually, children tend to sweat excessively when it’s hot. Besides, children and teenagers have a higher metabolic rate at the time of growth and development, which renders them prone to sweat. The causes of teeth grinding are varied, such as ascariasis, jaw deformities, severe tooth decay, mental stress, etc. If children grind their teeth, we should not take it lightly and seek professional help in case their dental health is affected.
Parents give the highest priority to the growth and development of their children and we would like to see them make good use of autumn, the golden season for calcium supplementation. However, parents should take a scientific approach instead of blindly increasing children’s calcium intake. Only this way can children grow healthier and stronger!