Bone care for a healthy growing child

  • Posted on: 13 August 2013
  • By: admin

Ever heard of “a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences”? It deals with health of the bones. Bones are the framework for your child’s growing body. Bones, like muscles, are living tissues that change constantly, the more we use the stronger they become.

Bones health is important for your child, because bones attain peak bone mass by late twenties after which there will be loss in bone mass leading to fragile bones. So it is important to build bones from childhood.

Bones are made of calcium and collagen. Calcium is an essential nutrient for bone health. A well-balanced diet which includes adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals (magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D) is important for a healthy bone formation.

Following are few bone building activities that will help your child attain a great bone health,

  • Walking
  • Tennis
  • Running
  • Volleyball
  • Hiking
  • Ice hockey/ field hockey
  • Dancing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Skateboarding
  • Gymnastics
  • In-line skating
  • Basketball
  • Lifting weights
  • Jumping rope
  • Aerobics

Bone formation continues at a faster pace until 20 years of age. After 30 years of age, bone withdrawals can begin to go faster than deposits. When bone deposits don’t keep up with withdrawals, one can get osteoporosis after certain age. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become less dense, fragile and more prone to fractures.

The bone mass attained in childhood and adolescence is an important determinant of lifelong skeletal health. 

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Kids/healthy_bones.asp#tabOne

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Bone_Health/Juvenile/default.asp