ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTION ABOUT PEDIASURE PRODUCTS

PediaSure® Products FAQs

Do you have questions about PediaSure products? Here you can find the answers you’re looking for regarding nutrition, ingredients, use, and more. For Live Nutrition Support with our trained experts, including dietitians and nurses, call the PediaSure Feeding Expert line at 800-986-8793.
PediaSure brand products
Usage Guidelines
What's the difference between PediaSure and PediaSure SideKicks? Why would I choose one over the other?

PediaSure and PediaSure with Fiber are sources of complete, balanced nutrition to help kids grow when inadequate growth is a concern. They can also be used for kids who are unable to eat solid foods. PediaSure and PediaSure with Fiber shakes have 240 calories per 8-fl-oz.

PediaSure SideKicks and PediaSure SideKicks Clear are intended to be a nutritious choice for most kids and to help balance out a picky eater’s uneven diet. PediaSure SideKicks contains all of the nutrition of original PediaSure with fewer calories and less fat.* PediaSure SideKicks Clear drinks have a unique nutrient profile. While not intended for sole-source nutrition, they do contain a good source of protein and 19 vitamins and minerals. PediaSure SideKicks have 150 calories per 8-fl-oz and PediaSure SideKicks Clear have 120 calories per 6.8-fl-oz.

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*35% less calories (150 cal vs. 240 cal) for PediaSure SideKicks vs. original PediaSure per 8-fl-oz. serving, and 40% less fat (5 g vs. 9 g) for PediaSure SideKicks vs. original PediaSure per 8-fl-oz. serving.

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What is the recommended amount of PediaSure to use in a day? Is there a limit on how much can be used in a day?

In general, there is not a limit on the amount of PediaSure that a child can safely consume. For an individual child, the amount of PediaSure that is needed — or is acceptable — on a daily basis should be discussed with the child's health care professional. If the child is eating foods and drinking other beverages, it is especially important to determine how much PediaSure would be appropriate in the context of the overall diet.

For PediaSure SideKicks Clear, children under 3 years of age should have no more than one serving per day.

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Can PediaSure products be used as a sole source of nutrition?

PediaSure products sold in the retail market are designed to provide a source of complete, balanced nutrition for children 2 to 13 years of age for supplemental oral use. In the hospital setting or under the care of a physician PediaSure may be used as sole-source nutrition or as a supplement. PediaSure is designed for both short-term and long-term nutrition support. As with any nutritional product used as sole-source nutrition, a child using PediaSure in this way should have close medical supervision.

The use of PediaSure for nutrition support of children has been evaluated in at least 16 studies (7 published, 9 unpublished) in the U.S. Excellent catch-up growth, GI tolerance, and acceptance of the formula have been documented in children receiving PediaSure for 20 years of clinical use.

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Can a child younger than 2 years of age use PediaSure products?

Talk to a health care professional about use of this product if your child is younger than 2 years of age. PediaSure products are not intended for infants younger than 1 year of age. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants under a year old should be breastfed or fed an iron-fortified infant formula.

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What are the age guidelines for PediaSure?

PediaSure meets or exceeds the US Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for protein and 25 essential vitamins and minerals for children 2 to 8 years of age in 1,000 mL and for children 9 to 13 years of age in 1,500 mL.

Talk to a health care professional about use of this product if your child is younger than 2 years of age.

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What is the difference between PediaSure Enteral Formula 1.0 Cal and the PediaSure I buy in the store? Can I use either one?

PediaSure Enteral Formula 1.0 Cal products are medical foods intended for use under health care professional supervision.

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Ingredients
My child doesn’t like creamy or milky drinks. Do you make a non-milk-based version PediaSure?

All PediaSure drinks contain milk protein. However, PediaSure SideKicks Clear is a clear, non-creamy drink available in two flavors – Wild Berry* and Tropical Fruit.†‡

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  • *Natural berry flavor with other natural flavors.
  • Natural fruit flavor with other natural flavors.
  • Not for children with milk allergies—contains milk protein.

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My child has a cow milk allergy. Are there any PediaSure drinks that do not contain milk protein?

At this time, all PediaSure drinks contain cow milk and should be completely avoided for children with cow milk allergies.

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My child is lactose-intolerant. Do PediaSure products contain lactose?

PediaSure products are suitable for children with lactose intolerance.* PediaSure products do contain a small amount of lactose, but the amount of lactose is clinically insignificant.

  • *Not for children with galactosemia.

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What is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is the inability or insufficient ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. People with lactose intolerance may experience abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, gas, diarrhea, and nausea after consuming products containing lactose.

Most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate some amount of lactose in their diet. Gradually introducing small amounts of milk or milk products may help some people adapt to them with fewer symptoms.

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How is lactose intolerance different from a milk allergy?

Milk allergy is a reaction by the body's immune system to one or more milk proteins and can be life threatening when just a small amount of milk or milk product is consumed. Some symptoms of milk allergy can be similar to lactose intolerance symptoms (i.e. gas, bloating, abdominal pain), however lactose intolerance is not a milk allergy.

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What does suitable for lactose intolerance mean? Does it still contain lactose?

“Suitable for lactose intolerance” means that a product contains < 2 grams lactose/liter as fed or <0.5 grams lactose per serving as fed. Products that are “suitable for lactose intolerance” do contain lactose, but at amounts that do not represent a medical concern for individuals with lactose intolerance.

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Why did you make this change from "lactose-free" to "suitable for lactose intolerance"?

The position of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is that products claiming lactose-free should be free of lactose as far as current technology can detect. Since our products do contain some lactose, we decided to describe our products as "suitable for lactose intolerance" to better reflect that they do contain lactose, but can be used by individuals with lactose intolerance without typical symptoms.

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Can someone with lactose intolerance tolerate a small amount of lactose?

Most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate some amount of lactose in their diet. A review of the medical and scientific literature shows that consuming up to 2 grams of lactose per liter still results in no gastrointestinal symptoms. For comparison, 1 cup of milk contains 9-12 grams of lactose.

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Do we offer any products that are truly lactose free?

The only adult products we offer that are lactose free are Juven and Polycose. All of our other adult liquid nutritional products contain some form of milk protein and therefore would be considered "suitable for lactose intolerance," but would not cause typical symptoms associated with lactose intolerance.

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Do PediaSure products contain peanuts or tree nuts? Are they manufactured on the same line as other products containing peanuts or tree nuts?

There are no peanuts or nut derivatives in PediaSure products. There are no peanuts or tree nuts in the manufacturing plants (or on the lines) where PediaSure products are manufactured.

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Are there any fish oils or fish derivatives in PediaSure products?

Two PediaSure products—PediaSure (base) and PediaSure with Fiber—contain added DHA from tuna oil (as of Spring, 2012).* This tuna oil is highly refined by processing, bleaching, and deodorizing and contains < 10 ppm of residual fish protein. This means that it presents no allergen hazard to people with a fish allergy.

There are no fish oils or other fish derivatives (including shellfish) in PediaSure 1.5 Cal products, PediaSure Enteral products, PediaSure Peptide products, and PediaSure SideKicks.

  • *The DHA source in these products is tuna oil as of Spring, 2012. Prior to that, it was from an algal source, C. cohnii.

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What is DHA?

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid and an important nutrient that helps support brain and eye health. PediaSure is an excellent source of DHA*.

  • *32 mg of DHA per 8 fl oz serving (20% of 160 mg Daily Value)

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Are PediaSure products gluten-free?

Yes, PediaSure products are gluten-free.

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Why is there sugar in PediaSure?

We tested several versions of PediaSure, PediaSure SideKicks and PediaSure SideKicks Clear formulations with children to study their taste preference. The testing showed that the children preferred a sweeter taste. As a result, we produced several “Kid-Approved” flavors. It is important that the product has a pleasant taste that children will enjoy drinking.

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Is there any caffeine in PediaSure products?

All non-chocolate flavored PediaSure or PediaSure SideKicks products contain 0 mg caffeine.

Chocolate flavored PediaSure and PediaSure SideKicks contain caffeine from the cocoa powder used in the product. There is approximately 10 mg caffeine in 8 fluid ounces of PediaSure and PediaSure SideKicks product.*

  • *(In contrast, chocolate milk contains approximately 5 to 8 mg caffeine in 8 fluid ounces; cola carbonated beverages contain approximately 50 mg caffeine in 12 fluid ounces; and brewed coffee contains approximately 100 mg caffeine in 6 fluid ounces.)

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Are PediaSure products kosher?

Yes. PediaSure products are kosher.

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How much fiber is in PediaSure with Fiber, compared to PediaSure?

Base PediaSure has 1 gram of fiber per 8-fl-oz serving. PediaSure with Fiber has 3 grams of fiber per 8-fl-oz serving, making it a good source of fiber* for a child's daily diet (12% of fiber daily value). Click here to learn more about why fiber is important for your child.

  • *See nutritional information for fat content. Contains 9 grams of total fat per 8 fluid ounce serving.

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Is there “enough” fiber in PediaSure with Fiber?

According to the Dietary Reference Intakes document,* the recommended level of fiber in children's diets is as follows:

  • 19 grams for a 1- to 3-year-old
  • 25 grams for a 4- to 8-year-old
  • 26 grams for girls 9 to 18 years old
  • 31 grams for boys 9 to 13 years old
  • 38 grams for boys 14 to 18 years old

PediaSure with Fiber contains 3 grams per 8-fl-oz serving, while other PediaSure products contain 1 gram of fiber per 8 fluid ounce serving. This formulation can help fill the gaps for children who are not getting enough fiber from the rest of their diets.Click here to learn more about why fiber is important for your child.

  • *Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein and Amino Acids (2002)

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Serving and Storing
Can PediaSure shakes be warmed, like hot chocolate? Can I use the microwave?

PediaSure shakes can be heated so that they are warm, but should not be made so hot as to burn the mouth. Be sure to check the temperature of the product before offering it to your child. (Although it is not necessary to check the temperature with a thermometer, if one is used, the temperature should be in the range of 100°F to 110°F.) If you use a microwave to warm the product, pour it into a microwave-safe container prior to heating.

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Can my child drink PediaSure products directly from the container?

Yes. All PediaSure products come ready to use and require no preparation. Many people find that PediaSure tastes better when chilled.

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Can I put PediaSure products in the refrigerator for later use?

Yes. Follow the instructions on the label: "After opening, reclose, refrigerate, and use within 48 hours."

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Can I freeze PediaSure products?

We do not recommend freezing and then thawing these products. If the product is frozen and then thawed, it may change the physical appearance, making it look unacceptable.

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Can I cook with PediaSure? Do you have any recipes?

Yes and yes! Click here to browse recipes made with PediaSure.

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Where to Buy
Where can I purchase PediaSure products?

PediaSure products are widely available in most grocery stores, drugstores, mass-merchandisers (such as Walmart® and Target®) and club warehouse stores (such as Sam's®, BJ's®, and Costco®). You can find them in the baby/toddler aisle.

Our store locator can help you locate major retailers near you that carry the PediaSure family of products.

You can also purchase PediaSure online at the Abbott Nutrition Store.

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Are there coupons available for PediaSure products?

Yes! Click here to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter and valuable savings on PediaSure products. You’ll receive a $3-off coupon just for signing up.

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Is PediaSure available through the WIC®* program?

Yes, PediaSure is WIC-eligible in all 50 states for children up to age 5. Ask your doctor or local WIC representative if your child can benefit from the nutrition in PediaSure.

  • *WIC is a trademark of the US Department of Agriculture and an abbreviation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. No endorsement of any brand or product by the USDA is implied or intended.

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Can you buy PediaSure with SNAP*/ EBT (previously known as food stamps)?

Yes, PediaSure is SNAP/ EBT eligible.

  • *SNAP is a trademark of the US Department of Agriculture and an abbreviation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. No endorsement of any brand or product by the USDA is implied or intended.

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How can I submit for the PediaSure Great Taste Guarantee?

Please click here for instructions on how to submit for the PediaSure Great Taste Guarantee.

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