Extra calories

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Anyone have any ideas on how to get some extra calories (preferably healthier ideas) into an almost 2 yr old girl who MUST get some weight on,...the drs are driving us nuts!! She is a VERY small eater/drinker & almost her entire diet is pediasure plus. TIA

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User - posted on 06/17/2012

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Im in the same boat! I try to feed my babe stuff like avocados and hummus with olive oil. he loves them both, hes 1 yr old. I probably would stop feeding her the pediasure, and maybe try and replace it with green smoothies.

Tiffany - posted on 01/28/2010

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Avacados are full of good fats, as are nuts. Salmon is good. If she eats yogurt you could make a frozen yogurt popscicle for her, I keep those paper bathroom cups and pop. sticks just for this reason. I see that she is quite a picky eater so maybe do something fun to her food. I keep all different shapes of cookie cutters to make sandwiches for my daughter. If we have mashed potatoes and broccoli on the same night I sit the broccoli up like a tree in them. I make pancakes with smiley faces out of berries and whipped cream...the possibilities are endless. Maybe she would be more interested in eating if you switch things up...and just getting it in there could add some weight. And since she needs to put on weight I see no harm in adding a pat of butter to her foods or gicing her cream sauces, etc. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2010

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OH & Elizabeth, thank you for the offer of different ways to make things up, unfortunately I cannot find ANYTHING that she will eat consistently :S, she loves potatoes, but spits them out too, whether they are baked, mashed, boiled, roasted & she loves meat...but again, chews 1 pce for an hour, then spits it out :S, Drs actually suggested going back to foods with a consistency more like baby food, but I don't want to backtrack like that.

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2010

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Thanks ladies....lots of great ideas. I will try each & every one!! My daughter has cystic fibrosis, so is small to start with & it's very hard for her to put weight on. On top of that, she eats less than a bird. I do always offer food first, whatever we happen to be eating, but IF she takes any bites, she usually chews them & spits them back out (we will be seeing an OT and gastroenterologist to rule out a swallowing problem, but seeming as how she can & has swallowed all kinds of foods, i think it's a choice or she's just plain not hungry :S, then I give her pediasure (drs orders) to drink. She has to have a minimum of 16 ounces per day....I have a hard time even getting that into her..nevermind food on top. Then at night, she has a feeding tube & is hooked up to a pump that feeds her an extra 10 ounces of peptamin jr. to supplement whatever we got into her each day. She has put on a few lbs since getting the g-tube in may, she is now 20 lbs (she'll be 2 in February), but it's not going on her quick enough to make the drs happy. They only suggested adding oil, butter or cream to foods (she does not get ANY milk, but get sips of juice if she finishes her 16 ounces each day - again, she is on pediasure on drs orders & we were told not to switch her off it because she needs the calories. Again, thanks for all the ideas & sorry for the long story :D

Brandy - posted on 01/28/2010

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The fact that children of this age are notorious for being picky eaters makes this a hard one to find a solution to. I agree that healthy options are a better choice, at this point you have to do what ever you have to get her to eat something and gain weight. Have you tried milkshakes, maybe made with pediasure, or fruit smoothies made with yogurt. Its amazing what you can hide in those, such as flax seed? Use whole milk when possible for extra calories. What are other things she does like? Anything she does like, feed to her as often as possible, try feeding 6-8 small meals per day. also you could try adding baby formula to the milk shakes and smoothies to add more calories. start trying lots of different things that maybe she has never tried, different fruits and veggies, meats and snacks, you never know what she may end up liking. does she have a medical condition that makes it hard for her to eat, or alot of allergies or other metabolic problems that make it hard for her to gain weight?

Kate CP - posted on 01/28/2010

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If she like pasta you can do cream sauces with added healthy bits like minced zucchini (REALLY healthy and doesn't taste like anything). Offer full fat yogurts (like Greek yogurt, not Yoplait), cheeses, and milk. Give her higher fat content meats like lamb and pork. The key to putting on healthy weight is mixing fats and proteins. If you add a lot of carbs you'll just be adding fat, not healthy muscle and tissue. Offer her smoothies made with full fat milk and yogurt (or splurge and use ice cream) and add frozen fruit. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 01/28/2010

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My three year old has a lot of feeding issues related to being born prematurely. His dietitian has suggested adding little extras like wheat germ and condiments to his food. If your doctor has talked to you about your daughter's weight I would think they would be able to provide you with a list of "extra" that can increase calories easily. Who would have thought eating could be so difficult! Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/28/2010

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What kind of foods will she eat?

Are you giving her pediasure first, or wait til she's eaten some?



In my house, I serve a meal, and only after they've eaten half of a serving can they have their milk/beverage. And if they don't eat, they go hungry/thirsty til next meal (which leftovers are offered until end of day). Sounds mean, but it was the only way I could get my kids to eat and not depend on milk for calories or fill up on milk.



Food wise - Salmon is very good. Bake in oven til done and it's terrific! If she'll eat any kinds of legumes (chickpeas, navy beans, etc) those are high in protein. Protein is a great way to help her put on weight. Meatloaf/balls are favorites here. Baked pork chops, roast chicken, etc. It's few and far between that PBJs are offered or chicken nuggets. Oatmeal with fruit, or eggs and toast are favorites for breakfast here. Along with pancakes/waffles.



If you tell me a few things she'll eat, I probably could list off 8 different ways to make it/mix it up.

Shannon - posted on 01/28/2010

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Maybe you should try reducing the amount of pediasure to see if she will eat more real food. Although it is a very great supliment for kids who are not getting proper nutrition it is very filling and could provide all of the nutrition she needs but is not exactly the same as a wwell balanced diet. I know my kids could live off of liquid calories if I let them I can't even let them have a drink with dinner or they wont eat. But by all means if she still won't eat you could start the pediasure.

Shelley - posted on 01/28/2010

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Oh I feel your pain! We have the same problem with our 3 year old son. We give him carnation instant breakfast in his milk at night. Also, a dab of extra butters in his potatoes and veggies. My Kyle's favorite food is yogurt and apples! I tell him he is too little to be such a health food nut.

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