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#MyPediaSureJourney: 60-Day Update, Results and Final Observations

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and so all the information given in this post should only be taken as a mother’s experience and never as a substitute for a paediatrician’s professional advice.

#MyPediaSureJourney

It has been a while since I updated you, dear reader, on our PediaSure journey. Well, this is because Sonny – being the picky eater that he is – had stopped drinking PediaSure for a couple of months. Now that he is back to enjoying its taste, here’s the latest update on our journey with PediaSure for kids and my final thoughts and observations on the product before signing off on it.

PediaSure Flavours

Like before, this time around as well, we tried two flavours of PediaSure – Premium Chocolate and Vanilla. Sonny does not like Kesar Badam, so we stayed clear of that flavour. Unlike earlier, this time, Chocolate seemed to be Sonny’s preferred drink of choice, Vanilla being a close second.


Preparation Frequency and Method

Sonny started school full-time in April this year, which means that the only meals/snacks that he consumes during the limited time he is at home are:

  1. His morning glass of milk
  2. His evening snack (He has an evening snack only occasionally. It happens only on the days when he does not eat properly at school)
  3. And his dinner

Therefore in a 24-hour period, I gave him only one glass of PediaSure milk, approximately 250 ml (give or take 10 ml). This he drank daily before leaving for school in the morning.

Method

We followed the instructions on the container more or less (If you’re using it for the first time, you can also start from there and customize it moving forward – thinning or thickening the milk – as per your child’s preferences).

Ingredients:

  • PediaSure powder – a couple of level scoops (NOTE: Always use the scooper provided with the pack to measure)
  • 100% Whole Milk – 3/4th Glass (Approx. 200 ml)

Side Note: Occasionally, Sonny asked for PediaSure with no milk. In that case, I used 3-4 level scoops with cold water instead of milk.

Steps:

  • Add the scoops of PediaSure powder to a glass and then add approx. 100 ml of milk.
  • Stir well to mix in the powder and then slowly add the rest of the milk.
  • Check the consistency of the drink and add a little more milk/water if needed.

60-Day Observations

Immunity

In my 30-Day Update post, I had mentioned how Sonny’s immunity had improved many-folds ever since we started on our PediaSure journey. For the entire winter and then spring, his immunity was perfect. And despite starting school full-time with a hectic, physically exhausting schedule, doctor visits due to common ailments was absent. Then, Sonny stopped drinking it…

…And surprisingly enough, during the next couple of months (when he was not consuming PediaSure), he had a cough, cold and fever, followed by a nasty stomach infection. This does not feel like a mere coincidence.

Now, that he is back to enjoying PediaSure, he seems to be fending off the common ailments like coughs, cold etc. much better. With the heavy monsoons this year, followed by a dump, smog-filled autumn, and the busy school session in full swing, I was worried that his health will not remain up to par. However, once he started drinking PediaSure for kids again, he seems to have bounced back pretty fast and is no longer missing school or playtime with friends outdoors due to the temperature fluctuations and the damp, cold weather.

Gut Health

When Sonny suffered the stomach infection that I mentioned about in the last point, his solid food intake became almost non-existent. He could not keep any foods down and was sustaining mostly on very light juices, soups, watery khichdi etc. But once the medicine course was complete and he started PediaSure again, his gut health and appetite were back to normal. Within a few days, his erratic bowel movements also became regularized.

This is no surprise considering Pediasure contains a prebiotic (fructooligosaccharides – FOS) and probiotic (Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteriumspp) which are bacteria that can be ingested to benefit intestinal health and function. The combination of FOS and probiotics help maintain healthy intestinal microflora.

Energy and Focus

Lastly, despite the hectic full-day (8-hour) school session, I have observed that Sonny’s energy levels remain high and he is able to concentrate better on the tasks at hand. He is especially keen to finish his handwriting work, which had been quite a pain area for him and me in the past!

Final Usage Suggestions

Before I sign off, here are some points I have learned during our journey with PediaSure and which may help you in yours, should you decide to give PediaSure a try:

  1. If your child is on the lower side of the growth curve and has a tiny appetite like mine, then start by giving PediaSure only once per day (or approx. only 250-350 ml, divided into small quantities at 3-4 regular intervals). You can increase the amount little by little as long as it does not hamper regular meals.
  2. If your child stops liking its taste, don’t worry. You can try out a few recipes with PediaSure or use a different flavour of the brand or pause its usage for a couple of weeks. I am sure your child will be back to it before you know it, the way mine did!
  3. I must also remind you that PediaSure is NOT FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE LACTOSE INTOLERANT or who have galactosemia.
  4. Again, PediaSure is for children older than 2 years of age. If your child is younger, you must consult a Paediatrician and get a go-ahead from them before trying.
  5. And last, but not the least, PediaSure is a supplement to bridge the nutritional gaps in your child’s diet, especially if they’re fussy eaters. That being said, it should never be used as a replacement/substitute in place of healthy balanced meals. So, do your own trial and error to arrive at the optimum usage amount for your child. And never use it as a meal replacement.

In Leaving

I should mention that although PediaSure approached me to review their product as part of their #90DaysWithPediaSure campaign, all views and opinions expressed in my writing are my own. So do read #MyPediaSureJourney as a whole through month one, month two and month three and see for yourself how the supplement has worked for us so far. Each child being unique, you may find that your observations may differ from mine, but I am sure if you use PediaSure for kids as per the guidelines and without compromising on your focus on balanced healthy meals, it will be the right growth partner for you and your fussy eaters. Good Luck!

Additional references

  1. PediaSure Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Height And Weight Calculator For Children
  3. How Nutrition Impacts Growth And Development
  4. PediaSure Formulation
  5. A Manual For Dietary Guidelines For Indians

Where to buy

You may buy the product from your nearby local store or you can order PediaSure online from http://pediasure.in/

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and so all the information given in this post should only be taken as a mother’s experience and never as a substitute for a paediatrician’s professional advice.

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