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    Can anyone recommend a calcium supplement for dairy and soy intolerant toddler?

    My toddler is dairy and soy intolerant and I am weaning her from breastmilk. Currently, she will not drink non-dairy milk unless in her cereal. I get 240-300 mg of calcium in her via food but need an appropriate supplement for her. I would appreciate any suggestions and tips.
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    Madeleine Baumgart

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Registered Nurse

    An Accredited Practising Dietitian, Madeleine has over 19 years' experience in the health industry and favours a client-centred approach to achieving nutrition goals. Madeleine believes … View Profile

    A toddler requires 500mg of calcium each day to assist with strong teeth and bones and heart function. In the case of an intolerance to dairy (cow's milk protein) and soy, calcium can to be consumed in the form of fortified or enriched foods such as oat, rice and almond milk products. Look for products that contain at least 120mg/100g. Calcium intake could also be achieved with a specialised formula that has the milk proteins partially broken down to assist with digestion, prescribed by a Doctor. There are a few calcium supplements available, however I would proceed with caution as supplementing with calcium alone could leave your daughter at risk of deficiencies in other important nutrients such as fat, protein, iron, zinc, vitamins A and D that are in dairy products. I recommend seeing a Paediatric Dietitian to ensure your daughter isn't missing out on these vital nutrients during a time of critical growth and development. 

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