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Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency in Children

author image Alyssa Clement
Alyssa Clement holds Bachelor's degrees in psychology and nutrition. She has completed clinical nutrition internships in long-term care and acute care along with food service and community nutrition internships. Her research includes nutrition supplements, weight loss, exercise and sports nutrition.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency in Children
Magnesium is found in whole grains, nuts and vegetables like leafy greens. Photo Credit Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images

Magnesium is essential for every part of the body to function properly. It helps produce energy, is a cofactor for enzymes and helps regulate other nutrients including calcium, potassium, zinc and vitamin D. A magnesium deficiency is rare even if your child's diet is low in magnesium. However, certain conditions may create magnesium deficiencies such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, hyperthyroidism and excessive diarrhea and vomiting.

Deficiency Symptoms in Children

Symptoms of a magnesium deficiency in children include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite and weakness. As the deficiency progresses, so do symptoms. These symptoms include muscle contractions, cramps, numbness, seizures and heart arrhythmias. When a severe deficiency occurs, low potassium and calcium levels occur. You shouldn't give your child magnesium supplements unless you are doing so under a doctor's supervision.

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