What is the role of dietary studies in the workup of hypercalciuria in children?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement recommends that the daily calcium intake equal 800 mg in healthy children aged 4-8 years and 1300 mg in healthy children aged 9-18 years. If hypercalciuria is detected, place the child on a diet consisting of one-half the recommended daily allowance of calcium for 5 days and remeasure the urinary calcium excretion. If the calcium excretion normalizes, allow the child to resume a diet with an appropriate calcium content and reassess. If the urinary calcium excretion is still elevated despite reduced dietary intake, further testing is indicated.


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