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The Right Growth Partner for Your Picky Eater – Here’s What You Need to Know

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

Introduction

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Our son is a “sensory-dependent” picky eater and has always been one. Of course, like all other parenting challenges, some days are better than the others. There are days when he is excessively fussy and his food intake is borderline zero and then there are days when I am over the moon because he exceeds my wildest expectations. But, those “happy, beyond expectation” days are few and far between and more often than not, I am worried that he is not getting enough. If you are in the same boat like me and are looking for a growth partner to share the journey to healthy nutrition, PediaSure for kids may be the solution for you to add that little extra punch to balance your child’s diet. Here’s my unbiased review of the product to get you started.

But first, a little backstory

I was introduced to PediaSure back in 2012, long before it became a household name in health drinks here in India.

Back then, we were living in Dublin, Ohio. During our son’s routine “Well-Baby” check-up, his paediatrician suggested that we give PediaSure nutrition a try. She felt that we needed to supplement our son’s diet with small quantities of PediaSure to help him catch up in the weight.

So, as per her advice, we tried, the chocolate flavour, in small quantities for a short period of time.

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When I was approached to try PediaSure out with Sonny again and share my experiences, I was excited because, well, unfinished business always bothers me. And it was my chance to see if it was indeed a good thing for our son.

But a lot has changed since…

…the time I was a newbie unsure mother worried sick about my toddler with a “failure to thrive” weight gain percentile. And with it, my parenting philosophy has also evolved. As long as the child is active, happy and growing steadily in line with his unique growth pattern, I am fine with whatever number it says on the scales!

So, why PediaSure?

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Well, there are many reasons actually:

1. Immunity Booster

Although our son’s immunity has grown in leaps and bounds over the years, the beginning of winter (post Diwali) is especially tough and I could use all the help I could get to prevent another bout of severe allergic cough that religiously make a come back every year and which I am hoping to avoid this year.

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PediaSure‘s formula, containing 37, nutrients is scientifically proven to support immunity, reduce the number of sick days and the incidence of infection (almost 50% less chance of infections). So, yes, I am hoping it will be the solution I’ve been looking for.

2. Food Supplement

I don’t like forcing even a single morsel of food down our picky eater’s throat because experience has taught me that it does more harm than good (and in all probability will lead to a puke-fest).

Sonny loves the taste of PediaSure – the Vanilla and Chocolate – we’re yet to try the KesarBadam flavour. He’s willing to drink it regularly (for now).

3. Three-in-one Product

Like I mentioned before, PediaSure contains 37 nutrients. The micro-nutrients in PediaSure for kids help bridge the nutrient gaps my fussy eater may have.

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. For me as a mother, it means that I will worry less about his gut health and immunity.

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To wrap it up neatly in a bow, what the above points translate to is that PediaSure is an ideal meal supplement for my son.

4. Lends itself to variety

One thing I absolutely love about PediaSure, besides its well-loved flavours, is its ability to be included in various recipes and also as a stand-alone health drink (without milk). Sometimes, especially during hot summer days, our son doesn’t enjoy drinking milk at all. I believe, given a choice, he would rather try PediaSure as a stand-alone, cold smoothie (or a PediaSure recipe like maybe mixing it with his ice cream).

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The fact that PediaSure powder dissolves quickly and readily in water and milk, without any lumps, is an added bonus.

Growth Booster

And last, but not the least, PediaSure is the No.1 Paediatrician Prescribed Brand from world-renowned Abbott Group. It is trusted by mothers in over 80 countries for adequate nutrition for fussy eaters like Sonny and is scientifically proven to help increase height and weight in 90 days. So, yes, despite my lack of interest in trying to “fasten” our son’s growth, I am invested enough to find out if it actually does keep him healthy and supports his growth.

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A few dos and don’ts while using PediaSure

It hasn’t been long since I started my second innings with PediaSure with our son, but here are a few dos and don’ts that I think every parent should be aware of while doing their own experiments with this product.

  1. Make sure your kid is okay with the thickness/consistency. As I mentioned, our son is particularly sensitive to textures and is somewhat averse to thicker consistency drinks. This means that when I give him PediaSure, I ask him whether he is fine with the thickness (if not, I just add a little bit of water).
  2. Use PediaSure as a food supplement and not as a meal replacement. PediaSure takes some time to be digested by little tummies, especially for little ones who reside in the lower weight brackets. So always give them PediaSure at a time when you know there will be a solid gap of at least a couple of hours before the next meal. And never give them PediaSure before or during a meal. For us, evening-time works out best as Sonny gets ample time to burn the calories off at playtime and gets hungry again at dinner time; post breakfast may also be another good option.
  3. Follow the instructions listed on the container, for example – never heating it over 35 degrees centigrade or using it later than 24 hours.
  4. Find your groove and mix it up a little. You can experiment with PediaSure recipes to change things up a bit (cold ones, not involving heating the powder) and new flavours. Your picky eater will surely appreciate the variety!

A word of caution

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One thing I come across quite frequently when researching topics on the internet is criticism for PediaSure; that it contains too much sugar and that it’s fattening. The funny thing is that I have two other leading children’s health drink brands to choose from right now and they both contain more sugar per 100 gm than PediaSure.

And regarding unhealthy weight gain, in my opinion, every “healthy” food on earth could end up being fattening if not consumed in moderation. Nurturing a healthy relationship with food (all kinds, junk food included), where you self-regulate and stop eating when you are full, is the key to optimum weight gain.

Conclusion

Of course, I’m not saying that PediaSure nutrition is the best that there is for your child but, you should do your homework and compare the nutritional content and benefits vs the side effects of the brands that you are interested in. Every child’s composition and consequently his/her nutritional needs are different.

For us, as a family, PediaSure is working out quite well so far. But we will continue monitoring our fussy eater over the next couple of months to see how it fairs in the long run.

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 follow me on #MyPediaSureJourney as I show you just how the supplement has worked out for my child over the next few weeks.

Until then, ciao!

Additional references

  1. www.abbottnutrition.com.au/Portals/0/img/PediaSure_Recipe_Book.pdf
  2. http://www.livestrong.com/article/303698-ingredients-in-pediasure/
  3. http://www.medindia.net/patients/calculators/Height_Weight_ForChildren.asp
  4. http://www.pediasure.in/FAQ-kids-nutritional-drink
  5. http://www.pediasure.in/about/science-nutritional-food

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

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and so all the tips and tricks suggested 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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