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High Calorie Food for Underweight Children

High Calorie Food for Underweight Children

Boosting calories in your child's diet can be a challenging task. This becomes a problem if your child is severely underweight or particularly picky about eating. So how can you make sure your child gets all the nutrition needed for optimal growth and development?

The key is to increase caloric and nutrient density of foods in the diet. The below guidelines will help you make the most of your child's meals in a healthy, balanced manner.

To increase calories, you can:

  • Increase concentration of artificial milk formula after consulting with your pediatrician
  • Mix milk with Cerelac instead of water to make it more calorie dense
  • Reduce intake of juices to make sure your child eats his/her nutrients instead of drinking empty calories lacking nutrition
  • Avoid using fat-free milk
  • Incorporate more fruits and vegetables rich in minerals, vitamins and calories

If your child is lacking protein in his/her diet, you can incorporate foods that are both calorie and protein dense such as:

  • Meat, fish – especially tuna , chicken with oil, butter or sauce
  • Grains, beans, dairy, butter, eggs and pizza
  • Cake, cream, ice-cream, custard, honey, jam and chocolate
  • Canned and dried fruits and vegetables
  • Avocado with cream, honey, and nuts (for children above 3 years of age)

High Calorie Snacks

  • Peanut butter/butter and jam sandwiches
  • Pizza and cheese pastries
  • Egg and cheese sandwich
  • Tuna sandwich
  • Sweetened milk or cream with chocolate and honey
  • French fries with mayonnaise
  • Dried fruits with cream

Moreover, you can find special high calorie milk fortified with essential proteins, vitamins, minerals and fats at pharmacies and supermarkets. This special milk is ideal for picky eaters as it can be highly attractive with its chocolate, vanilla, or honey flavors.

Please note you should not use this milk before your child is one year of age and make sure to consult with your pediatrician for a recommended brand.

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