High Calorie Supplements 

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High calorie supplements are great for children with failure to thrive or feeding problems.

They can be a great addition to a child’s diet because it enables the child to receive a lot of calories in a small volume. 

Before getting too excited though, consider why your child isn’t eating enough in the first place. If he has severe reflux, vomits frequently or complains of fullness quickly, these drinks may not be the answer. For many though, they are certainly worth a shot. Especially for toddlers and older children, a high calorie liquid is usually handled well and can promote weight gain.

Although drinks such as Pediasure and Boost Kids Essentials 1.0 also have many calories, for the purposes of this article a high calorie supplement is one that contains 45 calories per ounce.

Before trying one of these supplements it is recommended you consider a 30 calorie per ounce formula first. A review of these can be found here. 

Pediasure 1.5: Milk based, Lactose free (LF), Gluten free (GF), DHA Omega-3 fatty acids. Calories: 375/8 ounces Flavors: Vanilla, and vanilla with fiber. Availability: Widely available in stores and online. Order now at drugstore.com.

Carnation Instant Breakfast Plus: LF, GF, Kosher Calories: 375 calories/8 ounces Flavors: Vanilla swirl, Chocolate Splash. Strawberry Burst Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Carnation Instant Breakfast VHC: LF, GF, Kosher Calories: 560 calories/8 ounces Flavors: Vanilla Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Boost Kids Essentials 1.5 (Resource Just for Kids 1.5):  LF, Kosher Calories: 355 calories/8 ounces Flavors: French Vanilla, French Vanilla with fiber Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Peptamen Jr 1.5: Elemental for easier digestion, LF, GF Calories: 375 calories/8 ounces Flavors: Unflavored. Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Scandishake: GF, Kosher Calories: 600 calories when mixed with 8 ounces whole milk Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Before starting a high calorie supplement, discuss your options with your doctor. See if these are options for your child. If you haven't tried any supplementation yet, a 1 calorie per ml option may be the way to go instead of these very high calorie options. All of these supplements are available at drugstore.com.


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