- by Dr Gowher Pebbles n Pearl Pediatrics and Child Care
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- May 12 2017
Help your child with her/his catch-up growth
Ways that you can provide your child with more calories by offering high calorie foods that are high in protein with lots of nutrients, especially since your child need additional calories to help her catch-up with her growth:
Avoid junk foods, such as candy, which may have calories, but are usually low in proteins.
For younger children, your infant’s formula can be concentrated to provide more than the regular 20 calories/ounce.
For older children, over 12 months of age, instead of milk, you can offer pediasure, which has 30 calories/ounce (vs 20 calories/ounce of whole milk) 2-3 times a day.
Mix whole milk with packet of instant breakfast powder (adds 130 calories) or dry milk powder (add 33 calories per tablespoon) to increase calories.
When baking and cooking, substitute whole milk, half and half, evaporated milk or condensed milk mixed with dry milk powder for water or milk.
For high calorie snacks, offer milk shakes made with a cup of whole milk, a packet of instant breakfast powder and a cup of ice cream blended together (can provide over 400 calories).
Pudding can also provide lot of calories if you add ½ cup of dry milk powder to the milk and instant pudding mix.
Add cheese as a topping for sandwiches, vegetables, etc.
Use peanut butter (about 100 calories/tablespoon) as a snack as a topping for vegetables, crackers, and fruits or blended with milk, ice cream or yogurt.
Make a high calorie fruit snack using fruits canned in heavy syrup, add sugar or yogurt to fresh fruit or add a packet of instant breakfast powder to strained fruits.
Serve meats and breads with added butter, margarine, gravy or sauces.
Serve fried foods, such as fish and chicken and add breading or flour before cooking.
Add ½ cup powdered non-fat milk to 1 cup fluid milk: 2 cups mashed potatoes: 1 cup uncooked cereal: 2 cups flour (in recipes for cornbread, pancakes, etc.): 2 cups gravy, cream sauce, or pudding: milk shakes: or juice drinks.
Serve beans or peas in sauces made with cheese and milk.
Add an extra whole egg to raw foods that are to be cooked, such as pudding, macaroni and cheese, ground meats, and pancakes.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese on meats and vegetables.
Add ground sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or almonds to cereals or vegetables.
Emphasize vegetable oils such as flaxseed and cold water fish that supply high levels of the essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega- 6). Avoid or reduce the use of foods with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils that create trans-fatty acids that interfere with the body`s ability to utilize the essential fatty acids.
Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) oil is frequently recommended for infants and children with vulnerable digestive systems because it is easy to digest. It can be used as an energy supplement to boost calories but should not be the child`s main fat source because it provides no essential fatty acids.
Add butter or oil to meats, vegetables, hot cereals and cooked desserts.
Mayonnaise, sour cream, and salad dressings can be served on vegetables, meats, sandwiches, and fruit salads.
Include peanut butter and other nut butters that are high in oil.
Cream and ice cream have a high fat content.
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