Magnesium deficiency in children

In today's lifestyle, children do not get complete nutrition from food. Just taking vitamins in food is not enough. Children need a daily dose of minerals as well. One such mineral deficiency which we are going to discuss today is magnesium deficiency in children.

In today's lifestyle, the healthcare of children has become very important. Due to epidemics like corona, monkeypox, there is a hindrance in the physical and mental development of children. Many micronutrients are needed for the physical and mental development of children. One of these is magnesium. If children do not get enough magnesium in growing age, their height, body composition, skin and hair can be adversely affected. That is why it is important that parents give all the necessary nutrients to their children. 

So today we are going to tell you in this article about the symptoms of magnesium deficiency in children and how it can overcome magnesium deficiency in children.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency in Children

There are various symptoms of magnesium deficiency in children:

  • Physical and mental fatigue
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle cramps
  • Feeling sick in the morning

How to recognize magnesium deficiency in children?

Magnesium deficiency in children occurs when- 

  • If your child is experiencing frequent blinking of eyes.
  • The child has trouble sleeping at night.
  • The child often feels headache or body pain.
  • The child is having trouble digesting food, stomach ache.
  • Magnesium deficiency can also cause a child's heart rate to be low or high.
  • Toothache or frequent swelling of the gums.
  • There is always a problem of confusion, restlessness and nervousness.

How much magnesium does your child need? 

According to the National Institutes of Health, your child's daily magnesium needs depend on their age:

Age 0-6 months: 30 mg

Age 7-12 months: 75 mg

Age 1-3 years: 80 mg

Age 4-8 years: 130 mg

Age 9-13 years: 240 mg

Age 14-18 years: The need for magnesium is 360 mg for girls and 410 mg for boys.

How to overcome magnesium deficiency in children?

If there is a deficiency of magnesium in children, it is considered necessary to get some basic tests done by the doctors. Along with this, it is advisable to include some extra things in the diet of children. To meet the deficiency of magnesium in children, you should include the following things in the diet

  • Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Legumes, such as black beans, black-eyed peas, or kidney beans
  • All-bran cereal or oats
  • Whole grain bread instead of white (processing lowers magnesium content)
  • Brown rice
  • Nuts like cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, and peanuts
  • Seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin, and chia seeds
  • Soy milk
  • Curd
  • Bananas
  • Tofu
  • Dark chocolate or cocoa powder

If your child refuses to eat the above things, then you can give them by including them in things like smoothies, pizza or burgers.

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Dr. Rati Parwani

Dr Rati Parwani is a Practising Professional BHMS Doctor having experience of 8 years in the medical field. Her approach towards each and every patient is the utmost professional with high standards of practice. She has nurtured her writing skills and proves it as an asset to her professionalism. She has experience in content writing and likes her writing ethical and scientific-based.

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