At the age of 9 he had been diagnosed with Failure to Thrive (FTT) . Isn’t that the scariest word you have ever heard? Apparently all it means is “not gaining weight as quickly as s/he should”.
I want to share with you some things I used through the years that have helped my son. Some of the ideas were give by nutritionists some by his feeding therapist, some by other parents and I even came up with some myself. You eventually become very creative when you're doing this every day.
Calorie boosters like Duocal Powder, Polycose and Benecalorie - ReSource etc...
These products are not suppose alter the taste of the food or drink and I know of children who have done well with calorie boosters. Somehow my son always knew the difference!! The only thing I have been able to get away with was sprinkling Duocal Powder - on pancakes and telling him it was powdered sugar!
The following ideas are things I use to add to food to make them high calorie:
- Olive oil, canola oil, Coconut Oil, flaxseed oil
- Butter, margarines
- Peanut Butter, Nutella, Almond Butter, Cashew butter, sunflower butter, etc…
- Gravies, (mushroom gravy, turkey gravy etc…) & Sauces (alfredo)
- Syrups (maple, blueberry, caro, chocolate/strawberry syrup etc…)
- Whole milk, heavy cream, half and half
- Cream cheese
- Sour Cream
- Creamy Salad Dressing for dipping
- Powdered milk can be added to things like mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and casseroles.
When he out grew infant formula he was put on PediaSure , he dropped in weight on this and that's when a friend told me about Boost Kid Essentials 1.5 He did well on this for quite a while.
Once we entered the ‘journey toward oral feeding’ we tried to get him to drink the Kid Essentials . He wanted nothing to do with it.
I even tried to mix it into smoothies. Nope wouldn't drink it.
We had some luck with Carnation Instant Breakfast for a little while but that wasn’t giving him enough calories.
At one of our nutrition appointments the nutritionist noticed the my son was drinking juice quite a bit and recommended Ensure Enlive! A Juice nutritional drink. She gave us some samples and it was a big hit. Its truly been a life saver for us. It comes in Apple and Berry flavors.
He will drink up to four a day if I let him. He has even gotten to the point where he won’t drink a typical juice box he specifically says “I don’t want juice I want Enlive! ” Great.
This can get expensive! So, I try to limit him to two a day.
Resource also has a verision of the nutritional juice called Resource Breeze,This comes in peach, berry and orange flavor.
Below is a recipe for high calorie pudding. My son loves this Recipe:
High Calorie Chocolate Pudding
- 2 cups whole milk
- ¾ cup milk powder
- 1 tbsp canola oil (or flaxseed oil)
- 1pkg chocolate instant pudding mix
High Calorie Hot Cocoa
- 1 cup HOT whole milk
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cold milk
- 2 tbsp puree banana (I sometimes would buy a jar of Gerber baby bananas)
For more information on high calorie foods check out Feeding Underweight Children.