Benecalorie: Weight Gain Help

17 Jul

In my last post, I shared about our daughter’s struggle to eat food.  As you can imagine, we have had great difficulties putting weight on her.  We met with a nutritionist at the ARMS Clinic, and she shared a couple of different tricks to help increase a child’s calorie intake.  The one that has been most helpful to us is called Benecalorie.  It is a medical food that you can mix into your child’s drink or soft foods.  We mix it into our daughter’s Pedisure.  

Benecalorie is made by Nestle Nutrition.  Here is a description from their website,  “There are two reasons why BENECALORIE® is the ultimate solution for fighting fatigue; a formula that packs 7 grams of high-quality protein and 330 calories into a single 1.5-oz serving, and its ability to blend easily into liquids and most foods. Maximum nutrition, maximum flexibility, maximum variety, with a minimum serving size.”

We are big fans of Benecalorie.  It  has helped our daughter gain some weight.  She weighed 18 pounds in January and now weighs close to 22 pounds.  Part of our problem has been, as our daughter’s motor skills have improved, she has become more active thus burning more calories.  So some months she has not gained weight but has not lost any either.  There are just a few downsides to Benecalorie: it is kinda expensive and (I think) only sold online.

Our daughter has been using Benecalorie once a day for about 4 months.  We don’t plan on using Benecalorie forever, but it has been helpful while we work through her oral aversion problems.  I frankly don’t know what we would have done without it!

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One Response to “Benecalorie: Weight Gain Help”

  1. Anita July 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Big benecalorie fan here!!! We used to use this for our son when he was Failure to Thrive. He never knew the difference and it packs such a large amount of calories in such a small serving size! Now, with our HIV daughter whose growth curve is a downward diagonal, we’ll be exploring options like these again. So thankful we have these types of helps in the US!

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