Pediasure, does this really work?...

My pediatrician has recommended that we start replacing my son's daily formula intent with pediasure. He's 9 mths (6 mths adjusted) and only weighs 11.6 oz. Please share your experience with this product, and suggest any other products that can add extra calories to his formula for weight gain that has worked for you that I can suggest to his pediatrician. (right now we are on a waiting list to see a GI & Dietician).

Thanks in advance.

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My son was supposed to be on pedisure, he flat out refused it, even when we cut it with milk he wouldn't have anything to do with it. He was around 13 mo's (actual) when they wanted us to do that. He had reached 18 pds around 12 mo's, came for a weigh-in at 13 mo's and was losing weight for some reason which is why they wanted him on pedisure. What we ended up doing is giving him peanut butter with everything, and lots of fruits and such that are high in calories things like that, I am not sure how to go about it with a 9mo old since I wouldn't recommend giving him peanut butter that young....but if he is on baby food, try making it yourself, and pack as much extra calories as you can into the food. Like with the mash potatoes put butter (or spread so there is no mil product in there), it helps with the creaminess, and adds more cal. It worked for us, he finally started to put weight back on around 14-15 mo's. he is 18 mo's now and just weighed in at an even 21 pds :-D

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Weight gain has always been an issue for us. My son will be three in August, and only weighs 23 lbs. We started giving my son Pediasure when he turned one for extra calories. This was not recommended by our Pediatrician, we did it for our peace of mind.

We did see a nutrionist while he was still on formula. She suggested adding butter or oil to his formula and baby food. Which, was the same thing our pediatrician suggested. He started drinking whole milk when he turned one. Once we switched to whole milk, he started drinking a lot more milk than he did formula.

Pediasure is expensive, even if you buy the generic brand. It will be costly for you to change from formula to Pediasure. Instead of giving our son Pediasure, we started mixing Carnation Instant Breakfast with his milk about every other day. This is about the same amount of calories as the Pediasure. I realize kids usually don't start drinking whole milk until they are one, but maybe ask your pediatrician about this option. When we made the transition, we did about half formula and half milk. We slowly decreased the amount of formula to milk so it wouldn't be a big shock to his stomach.

What type of formula is your son on? You are able to up the calories with formula by mixing more formula to water. My son was on a 26 calorie formula with Enfamil Infacare. I can't remember how many scoops to water it was. Our Pulmanary specialist is the one who advised us to do that. There is also a higher calorie formula that is only available to NICUs. Formula companies are always working with Pediatrician's offices for samples and things like that. Maybe your Pediatrician's office can order the special formula for you.

I am always amazed at the different ways doctors treat weight gain for preemies. Our pediatrician and two of our specialists are not overly concerned about my sons weight. He has always been on his own curve. He usually weighed the same weight as his month of age- 9 months=9lbs.

Good luck to you and your little guy!
Jodi

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My 24 weeker was put on Pediasure not long after he turned one adjusted. Our neonatalogist wanted him to have two bottles a day. He liked it very much and it was not a problem to get him to drink it - as long as we bought vanilla. In the beginning, when we had coupons from our follow up clinic, we bought Pediasure brand. Eventually, we used the store brand and he didn't seem to notice the change.

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We have twins and our one son is on Pediasure for the extra calories as well. We did not switch him over until he was 17 months. He was on 30 cal Neosure. We decieded to keep him on formula longer because it wasn't going to hurt him, he still needed the calories, and it helps with brain development. I don't know how much he weights now as I am curious to see if this working. You mentioned your child wasn't 1 yet, why are they switching you now? Full term children aren't usually switched until 1 as well...hmmm. I am curious on their thought process.

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Also I am not sure if you know this but WIC if you qualify will cover pedisure

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My experience with Pediasure is to say that it does pack on the weight. I put my son on it about 6 weeks ago for the nutrient benefits and for extra fiber, not for weight gain. He loves the Vanilla w/ fiber and it has helped clear up his constipation. But it has also made him gain weight - like a brick! LOL... So I am now backing off a bit and mixing it with milk. He never had a weight issue. I don't want to start now in the *other* direction.

Good Luck!

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My daughter Rachel had 1/3 of her small intestine removed because of NEC. She has taken Pediasure for many years and it has been so important in terms of her growing and maintaining weight. She is now 12 years of age and 4 feet 8 inches!

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When my daughter was having trouble her nutritionist said exactly what the other parents are saying and that is put the calories where you can with butter, cream cheese, plain cheese, anything that helps put on the weight. Good luck Mindyand Madison

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Thanks for all your help and support.

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I tried putting butter, cream etc in my 12 mos old's home made food. It ended up giving her a constipation. Does this sound familiar to anyone? What can I do to avoid this? At 12 mos ahe is still 13 lbs, has been on the lowest percentile for weight since birth (was born 1 lb 1oz). Doesn't like to drink too much milk - barely making it to 16 oz of formula, if that a day.

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My son was put on pediasure right before he turned one. That dr also said that carnation instant breakfast would do that same thing, but would be cheaper. It wasn't his reg ped that saw him that day, but we were going in for a sick visit due to having diarrhea for over two months. He also suggested giving him all the high calorie foods, that my son really didn't even start yet. A few weeks later I took him back in to see his reg ped at his 1 yr checkup and told him about what was going on. He ran some tests and sent us to see ped GI. We found out that my son has a milk protein allergy (not a lactose problem) and that pediasure and carnation instant breakfast but have milk proteins in it and so that wasn't helping him. He now is on bright beginnings soy ped drink and gets it through WIC. It has helped him.

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Our daughter has been on pediasure now for almost two years starting a little before age 1. She never would drink it. Her GI suggested using somthing like quick to add some calories to her milk. Now she is on a juice with extra calories called resource breeze and she seems to like it.

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Hello,
My daughter was about ten months when they switched her from fortified breast milk to Pediasure. I'm sure it helped somewhat but she still doesn't gain weight well. From reading on this site I've discovered a ton of preemies who just are very slow growers. My daughter loves her Pediasure. It is very expensive and I didn't know that WIC would have covered it so I bought it all for the first year. Then I heard you could get a prescription for it. Now we get it deleveried for free as a medical product. If you're son truely needs the Pedisure make the doctor write you a prescription. It will save you a lot of money! My daughter still drinks several cans a day and it's her main calorie source. She's switched from drinking it out of a bottle to drinking it from straw or sippy cups. We only ask for the vanilla and banana flavors because if my daughter vomits or spills those are the easiest to wash out of things. The pink strawberry and brown chocolate are a big pain to get out of clothing and sheets and carpet.

Once you make the switch it will feel normal. The only pain is anytime you travel you have to carry around heavy cans of Pediasure. Good luck,

Elise

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My sons pediatrician also recommended the Pediasure. However.. while he liked it.. like others.. the cost was outragous. At one of his assesment clinic appointments... the neo doc. there said to do the carnation instant breakfast.. has way more calories than pediasure.. he loves it... and it is working.. finally hit 20 pounds .. ( 15 months actual now)... if you live near a Sam's club it is cheaper to buy there.. more for your $$$$$.... other things you could try are the butter on anything that you can put it in.. I could never bring myself to do the oil.. but they say it works. lots of high calorie food.. I am finding that it is a bit hard to get him to "eat " enough all day long.. With your son being 9 months.. crackers with butter, french fries with ranch dressing for dip, yogurt, just trying to get him to eat more often.. maybe smaller portions.. Hope this helps.. good luck..

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Same with us. My son was an IUGR baby and we've always had issues with food so when he started losing weight, we started him on Pediasure. However he was much older than your baby, at 30 months.

He is followed by a pedi-nutritionist and here's what she suggested:
As much olive oil (we live in Greece so this is in abundance here) as we can give him in as many foods as possible.
Let him dip bread into the oil in salad and eat it.
Butter helps too.
She told us to replace one bottle of milk a day with Pediasure but it was too expensive for us here, costing $7 a CAN (yes you read that right) so I got my friend from TX to send me two boxes of powdered CIB.
I mix it with his special formula for his night bottle and if he didn't eat his lunch that day, with his afternoon bottle as well.

However note that my son also has a low muscle mass in his upper body so we are trying to fatten him up for this reason as well. He is also very tall for his age so that makes him look even skinnier :(
He weighs at 32 months, 26lbs and is 38" tall. He still wears 12 month shorts!!! He is that skinny :(
They told us that as long as he is getting taller at his age and NOT losing weight, it's ok to be skinny.

We did notice that every since we started him on the CIB his eyes are shining, he has more energy and he did put on the weight he lost (about 3lbs).
HTH!!
Tina

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Our girl is now 22 months and has been on pediasure since coming off neosure around 9 months. It has worked very well for her, as she has had a really difficult time putting on the weight. I can't believe the pricing though, thankfully ours has been covered by insurance due to the GI doc giving her a diagnosis of "failure to thrive". I know it doesn't sound great, but its a key medical term that can open a lot of doors and essentially just means that she isn't growing at the rate she should.

Chris

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How much Carnation Instant Breakfast do you add to a 4oz bottle?

Thanks in advance.

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I just made it by the directions on the envelope.. I think it's 1 package to 8 oz. milk.... I would make it in a measure cup then pour into his cup the amount that I thought he would eat at that time and put rest in fridge to finish later... I still do this. He was a IUGR baby.. still small, but doing great on it... I don't know if you have a Sam's club near, but it is only $7 somthing there for 20 or 22 packs versus the 10 packs for $5. somthing at the grocery store here.. I don't use the chocolate flavor as I think it is too much for him yet, but he loves the vanilla and strawberry flavor... I hope this helps.......

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Did you mean 11 lbs 6 oz ??? Or 16 lbs?

I didn't get a chance to read all of the other responses so I am sorry if I repeat. But one of my twins was severly underweight. In fact at a year actual, he was only 10 lbs. (9 mos adj)

We supplemented his formula with various ingredients to increase his calories. Olive oil and heavy cream were the most successful and tolerated (and yes, we added them into his formula!!!). Plus, olive oil is better than other oils for your health and heavy cream is ultra high calorie and tastes good!

But when he was beyond the age of formula, our doctor reccomended pediasure. My son didn't care for it and the calories weren't there either. We ended up feeding him ice cream every night for a snack. But here is the best alternative we found and still do today (he is 6 yrs old now):

Fruit/yogurt smoothies! The kids love them and when you compare nutrients and calories per ounce the concentration is impressive. They can drink less, but get more. My son never drank more than a couple ounces at a time, so if he drinks two 10 oz smoothies a day in addition to his normal... his calories are up by 400 calories to gain weight, which is what they reccomend.

I hope this helps!!!

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11 pounds 6 ounces.

And when you say "Heavy Cream", are you talking about cream you add to coffee or whip cream?

Thanks in advance.

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