PediaSure babies

How long has your baby been on PediaSure? At what age do you stop? My son has been on PediaSure for 6months. Dr wants him on it for at least another 2 months. He weighs almost 18 pounds at 13 months adjusted. No cows milk yet. Does this sound right?

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My son is 22 months (19 months adjusted) and gets Pediasure and cows milk and still nurses. He has had problems with weight gain. Last week his weight was 21 lbs. He only gets 1 bottle a day though.

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My lil one gets CIB, pedisure is too expensive in our lil town and she actually prefers the CIB. She gets the CIB mixed w/ whole milk 2x a day and the rest of the time its regular milk. She weighs 20 even at 22.5/19.5mos.

Is there a reason besides the slow weight gain that the Ped doesnt want to introduce cow's milk yet?

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My son is 4 1/2 and he is barely on the normal charts for weight. He gets Pediasure still and CIB :)

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Well, I feel like I'm screwing this whole feeding thing up. My son went on pediasure bottles at his 12 month check. She said she would take him off at 18 months. He was doing pretty fair/good on the pediasure so she said have him drink cows milk w his meals and give pediasure. Well, my son is now 23mos and he still takes 3 pediasure bottles a day. It is definately his main source of nutrition. He refuses most food and if he has a day where he actually eats a good amount- he seems to store it in his stomach all day and then he throws it up around bedtime. He is 23mos and 22.5lbs. We go see a GI specialist July 2nd. I was talking to his pedi and she was "not aware" he was still taking this much pediasure?? Which made me feel like I am doing things wrong. I guess I will defer to the GI and see what happens in a few weeks.

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Eliza is 4 years and 3 months and still gets 24 ounces of Boost Kids Essentials each day (3 eight ounce boxes so about 750 calories). She gets another 300 or so calories from her extremely limited food repertoire. She weighs 29 lbs and is about 39 inches tall. When to take you child off Boost/Pediasure/whole milk with CIB really is an individual decision since some kids clearly no longer need the extra calories and are growing well and eating a nutritionally balanced diet. Other children however need to have this supplement on a longer term basis.

While some children will respond to a decrease in formula/milk intake with an increase in solid food intake, other children simply will not. Last year Eliza's GI and I drastically reduced her formula intake for two weeks to see if it would do anything to increase her desire for and intake of solids and there was no improvement. Some pediatricians who are not familiar with pediatric feeding disorders or well-versed in GI issues seem to think that there will be a miraculous increase in a child's intake of food the minute you cut out or decrease formula. That may be true for the vast number of children, but it is not true of all children and any pediatrician that suggests otherwise is simply ill informed.

If your child is eating solids but you are concerned about caloric intake I would ask for a referral to a nutritionist since there are some really great healthy ways to increase calories using some very simple recipes.

Anne, mom to Eliza Grace
26w 4d 575gr 3/15/06
www.eliza-grace-micro-preemie.blogspot.com

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What is CIB?? We're supposed to be transitioning to Pediasure soon and it's really expensive! We had a drug card for awhile (from the gov't) and we're able to get our Neosure for $2 for up to 8. Now we get it for free from the Developmental Follow Up Clinic. It's going to be really tough paying for Pediasure for potentially years??!!

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Mamaseeta - CIB stands for Carnation Instant Breakfast. It is similar to Pediasure but not targetted to children - Be aware: it has WAY more iron (adult dosage) than Pediasure and for us, it doesn't work, my son becomes VERY constipated so I prefer to buy the more $$ Pediasure (plus iron is toxic/lethal in large amounts and even though I know that only a small amount gets absorded via the formula, I prefer to play it safe since my son also gets vitamins in a table).

I agree with Eliza's mom word for word. When on Pediasure, John's apetite is FAR GREATER than when off it. He eats MORE solids WHILE on Pediasure and I've actually seen it countless times (there are times over here in Greece that Pediasure Vanilla goes out of stock.

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DD is 5 years 4 months and on PediaSure. She is 32 pounds and has been on it since about 18 months old.

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If you have regional center involved in the childs care this is a allowable expense that can be covered by them they just try to ignore it and have the parents pay for it. If the Dr. writes up the medical need correctly it is covered.

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I love the idea of Sofia's appetite might increase! I will never try CIB as she's already crazy constipated on her neosure with iron.. Can't wait to be rid of that iron!! *She also still takes .5 ml of iron/day at 15 months

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My story is almost identical to elizagracesmom's story. My daughter, Katelyn, is 6 years old and drinks 24 oz of Boost Kid Essentials a day. She will also drink some water, but that's about it for fluids. She doesn't like anything else. She eats a limited amount of solids due to poor oral motor control - she has trouble grinding food so she struggles to eat any food that you have to grind with your teeth (like meat). She weighs 39 pounds and 42 inches tall and her weight for length ratio is in the 50th percentile (which is good).

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