Does Your Little One Need a Few Extra Calories?

Posted 1.13.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

Hearing “failure to thrive” (FTT) from a doctor can be disheartening for parents. Unfortunately, when babies and children have food allergies, it can be hard to make sure they are getting all of the nutrients they need to grow. And I often get phone calls from confused parents who are not sure what they can give their child to ensure they get all the necessary nutrients when they are allergic to so many key foods.

Because of this, FTT, a term used to describe the children who have failed to develop and grow as expected, is a common, but extremely fixable, symptom of babies and children with food allergies.

Since FTT often occurs because a child is not receiving adequate calories, a high calorie supplement is needed. This is where Duocal, a high calorie, protein-free nutritional supplement that can be added to foods or beverages, comes in. This milk-free product is great for little ones who have milk protein allergies and are on specialized formulas. However, it can be given to children who are not taking formula as well and is perfect for those children who just require a little catch-up growth.

Do you want to know the best thing about Duocal? It’s an unflavored powder so you can add it to your child’s normal diet! That’s right busy moms — there isn’t any additional cooking on your end and you don’t have to worry about your child not liking it. You can just add it to whatever your child is eating.

If you feel like your child has been missing that one last piece of the nutritional puzzle, a supplement like Duocal, or a similar supplemental medical food, could be right for him or her. And remember, products like this should be taken under medical supervision. For complete information on Duocal, click here.

Do you have any questions about FTT or Duocal? Please send them my way!

- Christine

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