Our expert says:
You must be so pleased that you 25 month-old son is at last weaned off the tube and can start eating normally. To answer your questions: On average a child who is just a month older than 2 years weighs 12 kg and is about 81 cm tall. So if you consider what your lad had to go through, he is actually doing very well. The Pediasure is a well balanced infant feed which should provide all the nutrients he requires, including protein, so that any solids that he eats are a bonus. Try mincing meat and mixing it with a bit of gravy or mashed cooked vegetables so make it easier to swallow. As he gets used to chewing and swallowing solids you can gradually make the meat mixture less liquid. Rather give your lad a soft boiled egg every second day because the yolk is high in cholesterol. I would also recommend that you take him to a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will be able to assess his growth and also calculate the nutrient intake he is getting. If he should require any additional supplements (calcium, iron, etc) the dietitian will be able to recommend such a supplement.
Wishing you and your brave lad all the best
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