Confusion about Vitamin D and Calcium for kids
February 21, 2013 12:50 PM Subscribe
Kid BlahLaLa's pediatrician wants him to take a calcium supplement, because he's never been into milk and doesn't eat very many milk products. But Kid BlahLaLa, who is almost 10, refuses all children's calcium supplements as too gross-tasting. (He's not ready to swallow pills.) He will accept a particular adult supplement, but when I combine that with his usual daily multi-vitamin I'm worried that I'm overdosing him on Vitamin D. There's so much woo on teh internets that I can't seem to get a straight answer about how much is too much.
posted by BlahLaLa to health & fitness (32 answers total)
His daily (adult) calcium supplement provides 1000 IU of Vitamin D, 500mg of calcium and 200mg of phosphorus.
His daily (kids) multi-vitamin provides 80IU of Vitamin D + a bunch of other stuff, but no calcium or phosphorus.
Can anyone point me in the direction of non-woo, mainstream medicine facts re: these amounts and if I'm in a safe or danger zone?