My 2 year old son only drinks 1 glass of milk a day. I am worried he is not getting enough.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently increased their recommendations for the amount of daily Vitamin D to 400 IU/d. Milk products are an easy source of Vitamin D as well as calcium and protein.
The calcium requirement is easier to obtain as 2 glasses of milk/day will suffice for a 1-3 year old but it takes up to 4 glasses of milk daily to meet the Vitamin D requirement. Don’t panic! There are a lot of sources of both Vitamin D and calcium other than milk. Dairy products, such as yogurt and cheese, and especially fish are excellent sources of Vitamin D. The National Institute of Health Office of Dietary Supplements has vitamin D and calcium content of a number of foods. Remember, you can always give a vitamin supplement if you’re having a difficult time meeting recommendations.
All information given is not a substitute for the advice of your pediatrician, primary care provider or trained professional. Always consult with your pediatrician or health care professional.