Weight gain tips
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Some children who have trouble eating enough to gain weight may need extra calories. Here are some easy ways to add calories to foods.
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of nonfat dry milk powder to:
Add a powdered breakfast drink (such as Instant Breakfast®) to:
milk, milkshakes, smoothies, or ice cream
Add extra margarine, olive oil, oil or butter to:
Add cheese to:
Spread cream cheese or peanut butter on:
Include supplements, such as:
Carnation Instant Breakfast®
For extra protein, eat more of these foods:
yogurt – Greek or regular
For more information, these books by Ellyn Satter (Bull Publishing Company, Palo Alto, CA) are helpful:
Child of Mine
How to Get Your Kid to Eat...But Not Too Much
This is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call nutrition services at your hospital.
St. Paul: 651-220-5678
Last reviewed by Children's Nutrition Services 8/2015
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