Our expert says:
The average weight for children aged 7 years, is about 22 kg and the average height is 117 cm, so depending on how tall your lassie is, she is not really underweight for her age. I presume you want to use the Pediasure to boost her weight, but before you do this I would strongly urge you to take her to a registered dietitian for an assessment of her growth and her nutrient intake. 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. It is essential that children who take medications such as Concerta should have their growth accurately monitored by a dietitian at regular intervals because as you probably know, some children tend to lose their appetite when they take these medications. I would also like the dietitian to check if she is getting sufficient nutrients to help her grow and develop normally. It seems from what you say, that your lassie does eat well at supper time and I agree that she is a model child to like veggies, including broccoli - that is encouraging. As regards the use of liquid meal supplements, you will have to experiment with different formulations (ask your chemist to recommend a product and flavour that is popular with young children), because each individual child will have her own preferences. Also keep in mind that you can use high-energy foods like dried fruit, nuts, and energy bars to boost her energy intake during the day.
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