Hypercalcemia means that the amount of calcium in the blood is higher than normal. Calcium is a mineral that your child gets from food. Your child needs calcium for strong bones and teeth, but too much calcium in the blood can be life threatening. It can can weaken the bones, create kidney stones, and cause problems with the way your child’s heart and brain work.
Possible causes of too much calcium include:
Your child may not have symptoms until calcium levels get very high. Severe symptoms may include:
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Your child will have blood tests, and may also have tests or scans to check for possible causes of symptoms.
Treatment will depend on the cause and how high your child’s calcium levels are.
Your child will need regular blood tests to check his calcium level.
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your child’s healthcare provider. In addition:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.