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Posted on Tue, 11 Jul 2017 in Child Health
Question: My son is 3.5 years old. He is a very active boy. Since last one month he has started complaining about pain in legs while sleeping often.
My question is if this is normal?

Secondly, what diet should we feed him to increase calcium intake? We are vegeterian.

Third question, is it safe to take calcium supplement? Can you prescribe one for him?
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Possibly due to growing pain

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. Your son is possibly complaining of growing pain which is normal in children.

You may give paracetamol or acetaminophen in case of excess pain.

Vegan sources of calcium are:
- XXXXXXX (1 cup contains 180 mg)
-Collard Greens (1 cup contains over 350 mg)
- Blackstrap Molasses (2 tablespoons contains 400 mg)
- Tempeh (1 cup contains 215 mg)
- Turnip Greens (1 cup contains 250 mg)
- Fortified non-dairy milk (1 cup contains 200-300 mg)
- Hemp milk (1 cup contains 460 mg)
- Fortified orange juice (1 cup contains 300 mg)
- Tahini (2 tablespoons contains 130 mg)
- Almond butter (2 tablespoons contains 85 mg)
- Great northern beans (1 cup contains 120 mg)
- Soybeans (1 cup contains 175 mg)
- Broccoli (1 cup contains 95 mg)
- Raw fennel (1 medium bulb contains 115 mg)
- Blackberries (1 cup contains 40 mg)
- Black Currants (1 cup contains 62 mg)
- Oranges (1 orange contains between 50 and 60 mg)
- Dried apricots (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)
- Figs (1/2 cup contains 120 mg)
-Dates (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)
-Artichoke (1 medium artichoke contains 55 mg)
-Roasted sesame seeds (1 oz. contains 35 mg)
-Adzuki beans (1 cup contains 65 mg)
-Navy beans (1 cup contains 125 mg)
-Amaranth (1 cup contains 275 mg)

Any over the counter calcium supplement can also be added. They are safe to be taken. They need no prescription.

Let me know if I could help further.

Regards
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