Tigger has been a fussy eater longer than I care to remember. When he first weaned he would eat all different types of food and enjoyed a varied diet, then when he caught the chicken pox and ended up in hospital with a chest infection as a complication from the chicken pox it all seemed to go down hill from there. Having been so ll and not wanting to eat for a while it was almost like we had to re-wean him, then he started to pick up illness after illness which again stopped him wanting to eat anything.
We went through a stage of him only wanting to drink milk, don get me wrong he could drink milk to the cows come home but it doesn’t really give him a balanced diet. Slowly he has started to accept some foods into his ‘I will eat’ category but for a busy three-year old he doesn’t eat half of what his peers eat. He is so slim built that he still wears 2-3 years clothing and some of his trousers are actually 18-24m for both the leg and waist sizing.
Many family and friends have made so many suggestions on how I can encourage him to eat more and eat better. However it is me that is here at mealtimes when he refuses anything different on his plate, refusing to try anything new, refusing to accept a plate with things he likes with one new addition. I have been here through the tears, tantrums and stubbornness of him flatly refusing to eat anything. Living with a fussy eater is difficult and until you have one of your own or are willing to come and attend at mealtimes then all the ‘good’ well meaning advice is useless.
We were recently offered the opportunity to try to get Tigger back on to an even keel with the addition of PaediaSure Shakes to help give him the missing vitamins and minerals from his diet.
What is PaediaSure Shake?
PaediaSure Shake is a delicious supplement drink for children who are fussy eaters. It contains a balance of 26 vitamins and minerals. Especially designed for children, it contains protein, vitamin D and calcium to help build strong bones, as well as iron to support brain development – all essential nutrients that every child needs to grow and develop.
Designed for fussy eaters aged between 1-10 years old and available in three flavours Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate. We originally were set the the chocolate flavour shake to try, however as fussy as Tigger is he doesn’t like chocolate drinks so we opted to have the vanilla shake sent through.
How to make a PaediaSure Shake
Add five level scoops of the PaediaSure powder to 190ml of water, if preferred warm the water a little first (never in a microwave as this can cause burns).
No more than 2 glasses should be given to children 1-4 years and no more than 3 glassed for children aged 5-10 years.
Making the mixture for the first time I was surprised at how straightforward it was and happy that it wasn’t too thick. The shake is similar to a milkshake which if your child loves milkshake will be a big bonus is getting them to a) try it and b) finish the glass. Tigger however, flatly refused. I tried all the usual tricks of asking nicely, begging, bribery (yes I bribe my child) and even trying to disguise it within his milk bottle but to no avail.
I was so disappointed that I was unable to persuade him to try it. The idea of the shake I think is wonderful, knowing that for whatever result they are being a little fussy with food yet still getting all the vital vitamins and minerals would let me sigh with relief. Unfortunately this didn’t work for Tigger, he is too set in his ways to change overnight. He is slowly coming around to new foods, he ate two carrot sticks early this week and I thought that Christmas had come early.
As Tigger wasn’t up for the PaediaSure Shake challenge I offered it to Roo, who much preferred the chocolate variety over the vanilla. Roo does eat a wider selection of food to Tigger however I wouldn’t say that she manages to get all of her vitamins and minerals especially when she is feeling poorly. So for me I’d be happy to keep this is the cupboard and offer it to Roo when she poorly, off her food or needs a little nutritional boost.
Practical 12-Week ‘Back on Track’ Eating Plan
Along side the PaediaSure Shake mixture we received a 12 week ‘Back on Track’ eating plan, however as Tigger has been off track for over two years the tips within the plan were helpful but many of them we had tried before so it wasn’t something for us, however had we had this information when he had first became fussy it might have gotten us to a better place than we are now.
PaediaSure Shake is available from Boots with a RRP of £9.99 for a 400g tub, for more information on PaediaSure Shake and fussy eaters please visit: www.fussyeaters.co.uk
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