Liquid Nutrition:  Pediatric Nutrition Supplements

Liquid nutrition is an option for supplementation if your child cannot or will not eat enough to gain weight on their own through meals and snacks of food. Although liquid nutrition is not the ideal way to nourish a child, if mealtimes are very stressful and they are willing to drink outside of formal mealtimes, pediatric nutrition supplements may be helpful. It should be considered if your child is underweight or has been diagnosed with Failure to Thrive.

Below is a chart of popular supplements to choose from if you decide liquid nutrition would improve your child’s quality of life. This list is fairly extensive, and you may need to try a few different ones before finding one your child will like.

You will find Peptamen Jr, Vital Jr, E028 Splash and Elecare cost more than the basic formulas such as Pediasure or Carnation Instant Breakfast, however the specialty formulas are ideal for children with allergies and delayed gastric emptying.

Liquid Nutrition: Pediatric Supplement Options

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Pediasure: Milk based, Lactose free (LF), Gluten free (GF), DHA Omega-3 fatty acids. Calories: 237/8 ounces Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Orange cream, Banana cream, Vanilla with fiber Availability: Widely available in stores and online. Order now at drugstore.com.

Carnation Instant Breakfast (powder): GF, Kosher Calories: 280 calories when mixed with whole milk Flavors: Rich milk chocolate,Classic French Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, Classic Chocolate malt, Strawberry sensation Availability: Widely available in stores and online at drugstore.com.

Carnation Instant Breakfast (Ready to drink): Kosher Calories: 250 calories/11 ounces Flavors: Creamy milk chocolate, French vanilla Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Carnation Instant Breakfast Juice Drink: LF, GF, Kosher Calories: 163 calories/5.5 ounces Flavors: Orange and Sweet Berry Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Carnation Instant Breakfast Lactose Free: Kosher , LF Calories: 250 calories/11 ounces Flavors: Creamy milk chocolate, French vanilla Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online 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.

Nutren Jr.: LF, GF, 50% whey protein to facilitate gastric emptying. Calories: 250 calories/8 ounces Flavors: Vanilla Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Nutren Jr with fiber: LF, GF, 50% whey protein to facilitate gastric emptying. Calories: 250 calories/8 ounces Flavors: Vanilla Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Boost Kids Essentials 1.0 (Resource Just for Kids): LF, Kosher Calories: 237 calories/8 ounces Flavors: French Vanilla, Classic Chocolate, Creamy Strawberry, French Vanilla with Fiber 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.

Resource Boost Breeze: LF, GF, Kosher Calories: 250calories/8 ounces Flavors: Orange,Peach,Wild Berry,Variety case Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Peptamen Jr: Semi-elemental for easier digestion, LF, GF Calories: 250 calories/8 ounces Flavors: Unflavored, Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

Pediasure Peptide: Semi-elemental for easier digestion, LF, GF, Kosher Calories: 237 calories/8 ounces Flavors: Vanilla,Strawberry Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com. Prescription recommended.

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.

Bright Beginnings Soy Pediatric Drink: Soy based, LF, GF, cows-milk protein free, Kosher Calories: 237 calories/8 ounces Flavors: Vanilla Availability: Available by request from pharmacy and online at drugstore.com.

E028 Splash: LF, GF, Hypoallergenic, 100% amino acids Calories: 250 calories/8 ounces Flavors: Grape,Tropical Fruit,Orange-Pineapple Availability: Available from the pharmacy and online at drugstore.com. Prescription recommended.

Elecare powder: Hypoallergenic, 100% amino acids Calories: 250 calories/8 ounces. Flavors: Unflavored, Vanilla Availability: Available from the pharmacy and online at drugstore.com. Prescription recommended.

High calorie smoothies and shakes are another option for these children. Many parents prefer to make smoothies as opposed to purchasing a ready made pediatric nutrition supplement. They are a great option for children who can tolerate them, since they are often made with real fruit and vegetables. Please note that although these shakes contain calories and vitamins, they should not be used as the sole source of liquid nutrition for your child, and he may need a multivitamin or other supplementation as well.

If you are unsure about which pediatric nutrition supplement or form of liquid nutrition is best for your child and would like help selecting one or would like a nutrition assessment to determine whether or not your child needs supplementation, make an appointment with us.