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Who is PediaSure for?

1. What are the age guidelines for PediaSure®?

PediaSure is a good source of protein, and 25 vitamins and minerals, for children up to 13 years of age. If you’re thinking of starting your little one on PediaSure and he or she is younger than 2 years old, be sure to check with your doctor first.

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

Talk to a healthcare 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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3. My child has a cow’s milk allergy. Are there any PediaSure® products that do not contain milk protein?

At this time, all PediaSure products contain milk protein and should be completely avoided for children with cow’s milk allergies.

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4. Can I use PediaSure® Grow & Gain Shake Mix for tube feeding?

Yes, reconstituted Shake Mix can be tube fed for supplemental feeding only.

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How does PediaSure relate to my child’s nutrition?

5. Can PediaSure® Grow & Gain products be used as a sole source of nutrition?

PediaSure Grow & Gain ready-to-drink shake 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 Grow & Gain ready-to-drink shakes may be used as sole-source nutrition or as a supplement. PediaSure Grow & Gain ready-to-drink shakes are designed for both short-term and long-term nutrition support. As with any nutrition product used as sole-source nutrition, a child using PediaSure® in this way should have close medical supervision. PediaSure Grow & Gain Shake Mix should not be used for sole-source nutrition.

The use of PediaSure for nutrition support of children has been evaluated in at least 16 studies (7 published, 9 unpublished) in the US. Excellent catch-up growth, GI tolerance, and acceptance of the formula have been documented in children receiving PediaSure for 30 years of clinical use.

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6. What is the recommended amount of PediaSure® to use 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 healthcare professional or dietitian. 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.

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What is in PediaSure?

7. Are PediaSure® products gluten-free?

Yes, all PediaSure products are gluten‐free. Check out the nutrition facts for all PediaSure products

8. Are PediaSure® products certified Halal and Kosher?

Yes, PediaSure products are Kosher and Halal certified.

9. Are there any fish oils or fish derivatives in PediaSure® products?

Yes, two PediaSure products—PediaSure® Grow & Gain and PediaSure® Grow & Gain with Fiber—contain added DHA from tuna oil. 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® Grow & Gain Shake Mix and PediaSure SideKicks®.

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10. What is DHA?

DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid and an important nutrient that helps nourish the brain. PediaSure® Grow & Gain ready-to-drink shakes (with and without Fiber) have 32 mg DHA per serving.

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11. Why is there sugar in PediaSure®?

We have tested several versions of PediaSure® Grow & Gain and PediaSure SideKicks® formulations with children to study their taste preference. The testing showed that the children preferred a sweeter taste. It is important that the product has a pleasant taste that children will enjoy drinking and all PediaSure ready-to-drink nutrition shakes have a kid-approved taste.

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12. Is there any caffeine in PediaSure® products?

All non-chocolate-flavored PediaSure® Grow & Gain 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 Grow & Gain and PediaSure SideKicks.*
Chocolate-flavored Grow & Gain Shake Mix has approximately 2.05 mg caffeine per 8 fluid ounce serving.

* In comparison, 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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13. Do PediaSure® products contain 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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Do PediaSure products contain lactose?

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

“Suitable for lactose intolerance” means that a product contains <4 grams lactose/liter as fed, or <0.5 grams lactose per serving as fed. Products that are “suitable for lactose intolerance” do contain small amounts of lactose but at a level that does not represent a medical concern for individuals with lactose intolerance.

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15. 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 4 grams of lactose per liter results in no gastrointestinal symptoms. For comparison, 1 cup of milk contains 9-12 grams of lactose.

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16. How is lactose intolerance different from a milk allergy?

A 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 (ie, gas, bloating, abdominal pain); however, lactose intolerance is not a milk allergy.

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17. 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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Which PediaSure product is right for my child?

18. What is the difference between PediaSure® Grow & Gain and PediaSure SideKicks®? Why would I choose one over the other?

PediaSure Grow & Gain nutrition shakes 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 Grow & Gain shakes, including PediaSure® Grow & Gain with Fiber, have 240 calories per 8-fl-oz serving (1 bottle).

PediaSure SideKicks may be the right choice for your child if he or she needs more protein in their diet and fewer calories than PediaSure Grow & Gain Shakes. PediaSure SideKicks has 180 calories and 10g protein per 8-fl-oz serving (1 bottle).

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19. What is or where can I go to find out more about PediaSure® Peptide/PediaSure® Enteral 1.0 Cal and 1.5 Cal formulations?

Go to AbbottNutrition.com to find more specific information on these PediaSure® products, or talk to your healthcare provider for any patient-specific questions you may have.

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20. What is the difference between PediaSure® Enteral 1.0 Cal and the PediaSure® Grow & Gain I buy in the store? Can I use either one?

PediaSure Enteral 1.0 Cal products are medical foods intended for use under a healthcare professional’s supervision.

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How can PediaSure be prepared and stored?

21. Can PediaSure® shakes be warmed, like hot chocolate? Can I use a microwave oven?

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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22. Can I cook with PediaSure®? Do you have any recipes?

Yes and yes! Browse our healthy recipes for kids that are made with PediaSure.

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23. 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 or taste unacceptable.

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24. What are the mixing instructions for PediaSure® Grow & Gain Shake Mix?

To prepare, pour ¾ cup of cold water into a glass. Gradually stir in 5 scoops of PediaSure Grow & Gain Shake Mix until dissolved.

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25. Can I mix PediaSure® Grow & Gain Shake Mix into foods or nutrition drinks?

Yes, it can be mixed with a variety of foods.

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26. Can I mix PediaSure® Grow & Gain Shake Mix into smoothies?

Absolutely—in fact, adding 5 scoops of PediaSure Grow & Gain Shake Mix is a great way to power up your child’s fruit smoothies with added nutrients including calories from protein, fat and carbohydrates, and 23 vitamins and minerals that your child may be missing.

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27. What will happen if a child consumes PediaSure® Grow & Gain Shake Mix that was mixed incorrectly (too much/too little)?

There are no safety concerns if a child inadvertently consumes too much or too little powder occasionally. The concerns are regarding daily, repeated occasions, of over or under consumption for many months and/or years.

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28. How do I know when my PediaSure® Grow & Gain Shake Mix expires?

Please reference the "Use By" date on the bottom of the can.

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29. How should PediaSure® Grow & Gain Shake Mix be stored before and after it is mixed?

An opened can of powdered shake mix should be covered with the cap and stored in a cool, dry place—but not refrigerated. Once opened, use contents within 3 weeks.

Once mixed with water, PediaSure Grow & Gain Shake Mix should be used promptly or covered, refrigerated, and used within 24 hours.

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30. Can I put PediaSure® Grow & Gain ready-to-drink nutrition shakes 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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31. Can my child drink PediaSure® products directly from the container?

Yes. Except for PediaSure® Grow & Gain Shake Mix, all PediaSure products come ready to use and require no preparation. Many kids find that PediaSure tastes better when chilled.

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What should I know about buying PediaSure?

32. Where can I purchase PediaSure® products?

PediaSure products are widely available in most grocery stores, drugstores, mass retailers (such as Walmart and Target), and club warehouse stores (such as Sam's, Costco, and BJ's). You can find PediaSure 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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33. Are there coupons available for PediaSure® products?

Yes! Click here to sign up for our e-newsletter and valuable savings on PediaSure products. You’ll receive a $2-off coupon just for signing up.

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

Yes, PediaSure® Grow & Gain ready-to-drink nutrition shakes are 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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35. Is PediaSure® Grow & Gain available through the WIC* program?

Yes, PediaSure Grow & Gain ready-to-drink nutrition shakes are WIC eligible in all 50 states, except Arkansas for children up to age 5. Ask your doctor or local WIC representative if your child can benefit from the nutrition in PediaSure Grow & Gain.

* 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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What should I know about PediaSure SideKicks and protein?

36. How does the protein level in PediaSure SideKicks® compare to PediaSure® Grow & Gain?

PediaSure SideKicks has 3 grams more protein per 8-fl-oz serving (a total of 10 grams, or 40% more) than PediaSure Grow & Gain, which has 7 grams protein per 8-fl-oz serving.

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37. What is the PediaSure SideKicks® protein source?

The protein in PediaSure SideKicks is from milk and soy.

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38. Is PediaSure SideKicks® designed to help kids grow?

Yes.

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39. How much protein should my child consume daily?

US Recommended Levels of Protein1

For children ages 1-3 years5%-20% of total energy intake

For children ages 4-18 years10%-30% of total energy intake

RDA for protein increases with age:

children ages 1-3 years13g daily

children ages 4-8 years19g daily

children ages 9-13 years34g daily

PediaSure SideKicks® provides 10g of protein per 8-fl-oz serving.

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40. How do I know if PediaSure SideKicks® is the right PediaSure® product for my child?

PediaSure SideKicks may be the right choice for your child if he or she needs more protein in their diet and fewer calories than PediaSure® Grow & Gain shakes.

PediaSure SideKicks has 180 calories and 10g protein per 8-fl-oz serving (1 bottle). PediaSure Grow & Gain has 240 calories and 7g protein per 8-fl-oz serving (1 bottle).

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Reference: 1. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2005. https://www.nap.edu/read/10490/chapter/1. Accessed May 23, 2018.