Bone Up on Building Strong Skeletons in Kids: A Guide for Pediatricians

Optimizing skeletal health during childhood will confer benefits for a patient's entire life, so it's never too soon for pediatric providers to discuss bone-building strategies with families, says sports medicine specialist Celina de Borja, MD. She offers reminders of the many organ systems impacted by the bones; describes risk factors for osteoporosis; notes red flags in kids; and discusses simple ways to modify lifestyle factors, such as using calcium and vitamin D supplements and prescribing reasonable exercise plans that won’t daunt sedentary teens.

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Celina De Borja, MD

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Primary care sports medicine specialist

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