Children need nutrients to grow and develop properly. One of the essential nutrients that they need is calcium. Calcium is needed to support the development of motor function to be optimized. We called it optimal if the development motor skills functions are achieved in proper time. Adequate calcium intake will make the nervous system, muscles and bones become ready to perform the motor functions such as stomach, crawling, standing, walking, running, and jumping. A study of Levitsky & Stupp revealed that malnourished (for instance calcium) will cause children to become lazy in activity, isolate themselves, and less exploration capabilities.
Child is very recommended to fulfill their calcium needs and also had to be saved the calcium from an early age. Children who less than one year old need to take 200-400 mg of calcium per day. While children aged 1-9 years old require 500-600 mg of calcium per day. Calcium intake can be obtained from daily food such as fish, dairy products (cheese, yogurt), vegetables, beans, and tomatoes.
Calcium is very influential for the heart to regulate its rhythm when the heart contracts. Children with a healthy heart can do various activities to support the development of his motor functions. Calcium is also useful in the process of blood clotting. When a child is injured, his blood would quickly freeze and the wound will quickly heal when blood cells contain much calcium.
Children who lack calcium intake will experience a variety of growth disorders such as teeth do not grow well, porous and easily broken bones, nervous system development will be impaired, and can lower the intelligence level of a child’s brain. Some studies also mention that the child is restless during sleep and hyperactive one of the reasons is due to calcium deficiency.
So, fill your child’s daily calcium needs for their motor function growth and development so it can work well and optimal.