I need to know some high cal. snacks for my four year old son.

Jenny - posted on 11/01/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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He is under weight. I have been giving him peanut butter but would love some other suggestions. He has a lot of medical issues and his doctor said he needs to gain more weight.

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Ann Marie - posted on 11/13/2011

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Before my son was on HGH for his GHD, we had to do a lot to get him to gain/maintain weight. Aside from all of the above (which are good ideas) try:
Mixing his milk with half-and-half (cream) 50% mix
Use unsalted butter in all conceivable places (veggies, sandwiches)
Custard style bread pudding as a snack or breakfast food (eggs, butter, evaporated milk, bread...easy)
Coconut and its milk
Shrimp
Baked French fries
Use evaporated milk or cream in place of whole milk in his meals
Make frozen concentrate juice with PediaLyte instead of water

Those are just a few of the things we did which worked without adding loads of fat to his diet. Never underestimate the power of bacon...my son loved it.
Red.

Jenny - posted on 11/15/2011

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Thanks everyone! Angela that would be great! we do see a nutrionist but it is only every three months. This is the second time he has trouble gaining weight.

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Alissa - posted on 02/21/2012

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Add calories to everything you feed him. Use peanut butter, oils, butter, ranch, sour cream, whipped cream, powdered milk, cheese. Also I would highly recommend having a feeding evaluation sometimes there is more going on than you know. My daughter likes banana roll ups this is almond butter heated and mixed with some milk and chocolate chips then spread on a tortilla all wrapped around a banana and then cut in slices. Also her feeding therapist gave us the recipe for many milk shakes. Our favorite is the chocolate peanut butter and banana.

Rachelhope11 - posted on 02/19/2012

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My DD has Cp and is always too skinny, so we've been trying to add calories since she was born. Add butter and/or cheese to anything where that makes sense (eg I always add extra cream, butter and cheese to regular mac-n-cheese). Add olive oil to anything savory, coconut oil and heavy cream to things like oatmeal. We make something called spinach squares that DD loves, just google that phrase and you'll come up with a ton of recipes - basically just cheese, spinach and eggs. Milkshakes at night after dinner add a couple hundred calories. I melt it and put it in a sippy cup with a chocolate protein shake.

Dana - posted on 02/18/2012

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My 4yr old son is also under weight. We were told by dietician to had more butter and cream to his diet. We gave him kid supplement drinks like boost and we also gave him smoothies/ice cream. No low fat food. Gave him whole milk(flavored chocolate or strawberry) Also let him have supplement ped drink before bed this way he didn't burn it off playing) We did give him supplement drink 2-3 times a day with his meals and it didn't affect how much he ate . Doctor was happy with his weight gain. when we start with them. So that might help.

Angela - posted on 11/15/2011

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I have a child with Cystic Fibrosis, and gaining weight has always been an issue. There are some things your doctor or nutritionist may be able to help you get. One is Scandishake it comes in packets like Carnation Instant Breakfast. You can make a lot of things using it. Also we use Scandical, witch you sprinkle on any food to add calories, it does not have any taste to it, so I can sneek it in on her.I do have numerous recipes for snacks and meals which I will be glad to email if you would like.

Renee - posted on 11/11/2011

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My son too is under weight. We see a nutritionist every two weeks. One visit we will gain then next we will lose, back and forth. This last time we celebrated, he actually gained 12 oz. He has silent aspiration so we have to make sure everything is the right consistency. Some day I will cook him 3 different things and he will not touch it. When he refuses everything else, I bring out his favorite yogurt or make extra Gerber oatmeal when I mix up his medicine. At least I know something is in his belly. I the nutritionist has told me if we need to, we can consider giving him Pediasure. Sorry, I am rambling on.

Amanda - posted on 11/08/2011

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my son is really underweight as well. Most of the time all he eats is Pediasure. That's good for nutients and calories. There's also another form of Pediasure called Pediasure 1.5 but most of the time that has to be ordered in specially and gets pretty spendy. Another thing I've started doing is buying the vanilla Pediasure and added the chocolate flavored Carnation Instant Breakfast and added that to the Pediasure. We also have a soluble powder called Duocal that we add to his Pediasure. If he's eating solid foods our nutritionists has always told us to add butter and vegatable oil to as much as we can. We also pick the highest calorie baby foods and yogurts we can find (not easy).

Rebekah - posted on 11/08/2011

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Pediasure is good 2-3 times per day. A cheaper option is Carnation Instant breaksfast--mix with whole milk. Use the Instant Breakfast and make a milkshake and add peanut butter . Also, before bed have him eat a peanut butter sandwich.
If he is severely underweight, he needs to be followed by a certified pediatric nutritionist. Good luck

Erika - posted on 11/08/2011

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Hi there. You might want to check to see if you are eligible for a nutrition counseling due to your child being underweight. In some areas of the world, especially if your child has a base condition related to the problems with weight gain, this is paid for by insurance or disability insurance. They can help guide you in products and tricks for helping your child gain weight in a healthy manner. Our daughter has a swallowing disorder and tires easily when eating, so she doesn't eat very much, so at our house every bite counts! We try to give our daughter healthy, nutrient dense options that are high in calorie or we enrich healthy options with maltodexin (tasteless powder for raising caloric value of food). Favorite healthy options include sweet potato, avocado, bananas, dates, whole milk yogurt (if no milk protein allergy or lactose intolerance). No reason to compromise on healthy options when looking for higher calorie options! Good luck with fattening up your little one.

Stacy - posted on 11/06/2011

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My son had a similar issue, we were giving him 2 "milkskakes" (ensure) a day in addition to his regular meals.

Jenny - posted on 11/02/2011

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Thanks so much! I will try that. My son doesn't speak so he can't tell us what he wants. We just guess a lot of the time. I am sure he will love the ice cream!

Rachelle - posted on 11/02/2011

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Hi, My mom is a Registered Nurse who used to work in a Senior Assisted Living facility. She says that they would give the residents ice cream at night to help them gain weight. (kind of a bummer for us not wanting to gain weight! lol). Good luck. :)

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