Product Review- Pediasure to ensure complete nutrition

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My daughter is sort of a fussy eater. Confused? This means that although she has good food habits (eats new foods,  loves fruit, eats frequently) BUT she has phases when she doesn’t eat much or sticks to only her favorites. She had a few bouts of teething related colds around 1.5 years of age and during that time she absolutely went off food. Literally, she would eat nothing!!! Milk was the only nutrition she would subsist on. That is when our pediatrician asked us to try a nutritional supplement like PediaSure.

Feeding children a complete balanced diet which is packed with nutrients and not just empty calories is very important. I have now been using PediaSure for almost a year. My daughter loves it and so do I. So here is my review of Pediasure for all you moms out there who are stressed about providing complete nutrition to their children.

REVIEW OF PEDIASURE BY A REAL MOM

Product Description : PediaSure is a science-based nutritional supplement that provides complete, balanced nutrition for children from age 2 to 10 – those special years of rapid growth and mental development.  When consumed in proper amounts, PediaSure is scientifically formulated to provide 100% of the energy, vitamins and minerals, and a balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates that children require for growth and health. Formulated with 37 vital nutrients, PediaSure is clinically proven to help increase height and weight, reduce number of sick days, and reduce incidence of infection. PediaSure also contains nutrients such as Taurine, Choline and Omega 3 and 6 to support brain development in children.

Product Specifications: Available in Two variants : Chocolate and Vanilla

Sizes and Price : 200 gms (Rs 235), 400gms (Rs 425) and 900gms (Rs 815)

PROS

    • My daughter’s picky eating habits prevent her from getting all the nutrients that she requires during these growing years. She has always been on the “Skinny” side and I don’t mind that. But I do want her to have a balanced diet so that her mental and physical development is on track and I can emphatically say that Pediasure completely fills that gap.

 

    • I like that the fact that you can give Pediasure as a drink in itself (5 scoops per 190 ml ) or add it to milk. Earlier I was giving a 5 ounce drink of Pediasure to my daughter thrice a day but now we just add two scoops to regular cow’s milk and she drinks two glasses of milk every day.

 

    • Clinical studies have shown that Picky eaters at nutritional risk who used PediaSure grew 55% more in height than children who received no PediaSure {Alarcon et al (2003)}, PediaSure improved nutritional status and promoted catch-up growth in underweight children with picky eating behavior.


    •  PediaSure with fructo-ogliosaccharides (FOS) and probiotics reduced the number of sick days by 29% in underweight children 3-5 years of age. {  Alarcon et al (2003) , Fisberg et al (2002).} This has definitely been the case with my daughter. With regular use of Pediasure I have noticed that she is falling sick less often and is able to recover from illnesses quickly.

 

    • Pediasure contains Omega 3 & 6 , Taurine and Choline  which play key role in brain development especially during early years of our life.


    • Although hard to measure I do find that my daughters’ growth (both mental and physical) has definitely improved. She has gained weight, is active and has better immunity. My husband who is a doctor is extremely wary about giving nutritional supplements to children. But Pediasure is a product that he would gladly recommend to anyone.


    • Pediasure is gluten and lactose free (although not suitable for children with galactosemia). Therefore, it is completely safe to give a Pediasure drink to kids during diarrhea or stomach problems when doctors advise not to give milk to children. I have used it during my daughter’s diarrhea problems and never had any problems.

CONS

  •  There are no real cons with Pediasure except may be its Price. It is not the most affordable product for a middle class Indian family. Although the quality it provides is also unparalleled by any other nutritional drink available in Indian Market. It is definitely pricey if you use it as a milk substitute but you can use it as an additive to normal milk like I do and save money.

However if your child is especially fussy and picky eater then you can ensure with Pediasure that they receive complete nutrition. After all nothing is expensive enough for your child’s health right? To learn more about pediasure go to their website Pediasure.in.

What Nutritional drink do you use and what has been your experience with Pediasure? Do let me know through your comments.

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  1. Great review…I don’t know much about these things, once I have a child, I will write long narrations on your posts..:)

    • Thanks Saru for your comment. Before I had my daughter I could not even tell two babies apart. :-) So you are certainly in a better position than me.

  2. all these nutritional supplements are very very expensive…can you believe a 100gms of amway supplement comes at 1000 or more??? even proteinex is pretty expensive though that’s for adults and not for kids but I won’t ever know how to review such things :D do you also take pediasure…guess it comes for mother’s also???

    • I am not sure about Pediasure but yeah proteinex definitely has a mother’s version. I took it during pregnancy and while breastfeeding my daughter. Although expensive I can’t deny that I feel that my daughter’s good growth has been aided by these supplements. Although I sure wish that they would reduce the prices so that all parents are able to access these.

  3. Dear Mom’s

    My daughter is certainly a picky eater. Also, she drinks milk and never likes to eat solids. That is when i started pediasure-vanilla. now she is 2.4yrs and still drinks milk for every 4hrs. Even after having solid food (of course not morethan 5-6 tablespoons of rice or half-chapati), she would drink milk and then sleep. And during night, she drinks milk for every 2hrs in the sleep course. Nowthat she liked this vanilla flavor, forcing me to add pediasure in milk every feed (120ml each feed). 1full scoop of pediasure (scoop given with the bottle) is what i add everytime. She is just 11.2kg at 2.4yrs. But my worry is that using excess pediasure like this, would it cause any problem??
    As an alternative, i am just adding 1/4th of the scoop each feed for 120ml. Sothat i dont exceed 3scoops a day.
    Please suggest.
    Thank you

    • Although I am not qualified to give any medical advice and would request you to consult your pediatrician regarding the issue, as a mother however I would like to say a few points. A 2.4 year doesn’t need to drink milk every two hours during night period. In fact her milk intake should be around 2 glasses of milk through the day. I faced a similar issue with my daughter who would only drink milk and eat hardly any solids. But once I reduced her milk intake she started feeling hungry and increased her solid intake too. Although I don’t think your daughter is underweight, some kids are naturally petite. My tip would be to slowly reduce the quantity of milk like if you have been giving her 120 ml reduce it to 90 then 60 and slowly stop the night intakes. She can have milk before she sleeps and if she gets up in between offer her water because she is asking for milk only due to habit and not due to hunger. Again I would urge you to see your pediatrician about this. I think reducing quantity of pediasure is a good idea. Hope this helps. :)

    • Wish Pediasure had sponsored this but this is definitely not a sponsored review Rani, cos we maintain a strict full disclosure policy and always disclose at the end of a post if a product was received for review or compensation was received for a post. :) Even in these circumstances all opinions are 100% my own.

  4. We are using Protinex since two years. How it is comparable with Pediasure ? or rather which one is better Protinex or Pediasure ?

  5. Hi Swapna, I’ve breastfed my 14 month old son till date and have been trying to switch him to cow’s milk. But he totally refuses to have it. I was wondering if I could add Pediasure to enhance the taste and also for added nutrition. He has always been quite thin, but that’s probably due to his genes.