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

Updated: Jun 02, 2021
  • Author: Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
  • Print

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.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!