A recent study found that children's bones are getting weaker and more brittle, which is causing a surge in rickets — a poor bone condition common in the 19th century. While most people think that drinking milk will prevent bone loss, there's really much more to it.
Starting at a young age, children need lots of calcium in addition to loads of Vitamin D to fortify the calcium in their bones. Vitamin D is essential to making those bones stronger. For itty bitty babes, a multi-vitamin supplement can help fill in gaps of nutrients if their pediatrician thinks they are missing. For older kids, there are ways to get Vitamin D other than swigging a pill down with a gulp of water; it's easily absorbed from sunlight. Just remember to protect the skin with some sunscreen. It's a balancing act, we know.
It seems like common sense, but more exercise equals stronger bones. So when your kid is itching to go to the park or play tag outside, encourage him to get out there and work out. And when he comes back in panting for a drink, a good option is to give him a glass of calcium fortified orange juice.