Toddlers: How much calcium does a one year old need?

My one year old weaned and doesn't like milk. He screws up his face when he swallows and then pushes the cup away. He does like yogurt and cheese. How much calcium does he need?

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Your one year old son needs 800 mg. of calcium per day.

One cup of plain, whole milk yogurt contains 300 mg. of calcium. Some nonfat yogurts can have up to 400 mg. of calcium. One ounce of cheddar cheese has 200 mg. of calcium.

Food labels will state the daily value for calcium, based on the adult requirement of 1000 mg. Therefore, if a label indicates that one serving of a food provides 30 percent of what an adult needs, you can figure it provides 300 mg. of calcium, or almost 40 percent of your baby's needs. You may find this information helpful when choosing puddings, yogurts, creamed soups, tofu, fortified soy milks or other calcium-containing foods that you may use to up the calcium content of your son's diet.

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