Long term use of prednisone may place your child at increased risk for osteoporosis (weakening of bones) and bone fractures. It is therefore very important to get enough vitamin D and calcium from food. Some good sources of calcium are:
- Canned salmon or sardines with bones
- Calcium-fortified orange juice
When possible, choose lower fat milk products. This will help control weight gain and promote a heart healthy diet.
Vitamin D deficiency is very common in children. Your transplant doctors will likely test for Vitamin D deficiency and possibly prescribe vitamin D supplements with or without a calcium supplement in order to keep your child’s bone healthy.
You may need to increase the phosphorus in your child’s diet particularly if your child was on a dietary phosporous restriction before the transplant. The best sources are:
- Dairy products
- Nuts and nut butters
- Dried beans, lentils and peas