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Old 07-13-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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How do you feel about pediasure?

My personal answer would be not too good. First, that's a lot of sugar. Second, it's terribly expensive. But, I have a DD with sensory issues, and it's becoming a bigger and bigger problem with eating. She used to love peanut butter...now she will just smear it on everything, but not eat it. She used to eat eggs, now she won't touch them (literally). It seems like there are a ton of foods that are bothering her now, and her sensory stuff all across the board is getting quite a bit worse. She trys to fill up on milk for supper and not eat anything, and I'm getting worried about her nutrient intake.

I'm an eat-whats-there kind of Mom--I don't make my kids anything extra or anything like that, but I'm getting pretty concerned. She hasn't had as much energy lately, and I'm wondering if it's because she's refusing a lot of foods. If it were just a pickiness issue, I would work with it and move on, but I don't know how that will go with sensory stuff? I also am concerned that if I start pediasure (or something similar) that it will lead to more problems down the road. My DD had it when we were working to get her celiac diagnosed to try to put some weight on her, and she got to where she only wanted it and nothing else, so it didn't really help. What do you think, and what would you do if it were your kid?

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Old 07-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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Re: How do you feel about pediasure?

If it were my kid with the same issues I would try to find something healthier but if I couldn't find something else I would go ahead and use it.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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Re: How do you feel about pediasure?

Its just flavored toddler formula so I'd go with toddler formula as its far far cheaper. We have a picky eater and still on toddler formula and I'm glad we stayed on it (but mine will not drink milk too). Way more sugar and other bad stuff in it.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:02 PM   #4
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Re: How do you feel about pediasure?

They have clear pediasure now, maybe try that?
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I have a lot of experience with pediasure for the same reasons you seem to have. My DD has a sensory processing disorder and she was put on a high calorie diet to help her catch up. She was drinking 3 a day until I weaned her off. It was starting to become a problem because it was all she wanted to drink. When I found a feeding group for her and her eating habits got slightly better I started cutting down on the amount.

We now do carnation instant breakfast once a day or sometimes twice a day if she is having an off day.

Are there any food your kiddo likes that you can add fat to? My DD loves scrambled eggs so we cook them with butter and heavy cream.

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Re: How do you feel about pediasure?

The sugar is in there to get easily digestible calories in your child. If your child didn't need the calories, you wouldn't be using pediasure. For many moms, it is a last ditch effort product before going to medical formulas. My son is on Peptamin Jr for 32 ounces a day, which is a hypoallergenic version of Pediasure. We'd love to be on it.

Pediasure is a product your child can live on. It is supplemental nutrition. If you are concerned, I would suggest you contact a pediatric nutritionist to work out an appropriate plan for your child. There are other products out there, but they all have sugar in some for or another to get the easily digestible calories in.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:32 PM   #7
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Re: How do you feel about pediasure?

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Its just flavored toddler formula so I'd go with toddler formula as its far far cheaper. We have a picky eater and still on toddler formula and I'm glad we stayed on it (but mine will not drink milk too). Way more sugar and other bad stuff in it.
I've thought about this but she was EBF when she was little. I've tried formula and thought it was so I kind of think she would too. But maybe I'll get a bit and see what she thinks.

ETA: although if she loves it, it still leaves room for her getting stuck on it and not wanting actual food. Hmmm....this is hard.

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Re: How do you feel about pediasure?

I had friend that used toddler formula not pediasure for her picky eater. But if not like toddler formula then do what u needd to get her the nutrition. Are u against vitamins?
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Re: How do you feel about pediasure?

I use it the nutritionist told us she prefers it over milk b/c its not dairy, and in our case, better since dairy blocks the absorption of iron (DS anemic via picky eater syndrome...eyeroll). So we call it 'Other milk' and he views it as a treat...it works for us. He is getting better with trying new things...even CHIA SEEDS! what about making a smoothie with the pediasure, spinach, banana and some chia seeds (my new love)??? The chia gets a little gelatinous after it sits for more than 10 mins so you need to consume it by then...but look up the nutritional benefits of it and order some (amazon...organic too)... HTH. I also make cookies (healthy breakfast cookies) and if he's good he can have one after lunch and dinner...imma sneaky mama! Try pumpkin pancakes (Martha Stewart has a good recipe) its chock full of antioxidants and nutrients...real maple syrup, heck maybe even a little homemade whipped cream to ads a few more digestible calories! HTH
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My son goes through phases where he seems to survive on air and at those times I give him pediasure in place of his morning or evening milk but not instead of a meal. I think you need to do whatever feels right to you, you know your child best. I believe there is a powdered more organic/natural version of a similar product which may be the item mentioned a few posts up. The enfamil next step formula is not quite as icky smelling as the regular formula and my son preferred that to the regular types after he self weened from BF at about 10 months. Good luck!
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