Paediasure Shakes for fussy eaters

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.

PaediaSure Shake

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:

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  1. February 24, 2014 / 6:47 am

    My two year old son is also a very fussy eater. He has never been interested in good and these days getting him to eat anything is a miracle. I might try this. I fear I will have the same reaction as you though – he is particularly suspicious of new products 🙁 Thanks for the review, I hadn’t heard of these shakes before x

  2. February 26, 2014 / 10:18 am

    I can’t imagine how difficult it is for you and I am so sorry that Tigger wouldn’t drink the milkshake. At least through trying Pediasure you have found something that will keep Roo going during illness. Fingers crossed the carrot stick incident is a sign of good things to come x

  3. February 26, 2014 / 11:39 am

    I’m definitely going to give this a go. My 1.5 year old is so fussy and I’m always worrying about him not getting enough nutrients. He probably wouldn’t like the choc flavour either though! Thank you! x

  4. Mammasaurus
    February 26, 2014 / 11:44 am

    I haven’t come across these before, not really applicable for my two gannets but it’s nice to know there’s a product out there to help fussy eaters x

  5. February 26, 2014 / 11:59 am

    Life with a fussy eater can be utterly soul destroying, I know. Luckily mine grew out of it after a few months but I would totally have resorted to this if it had gone on much longer.

  6. February 26, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    Kids and food can be such a nightmare and causes parents such upset! I’m grateful that neither of my 2 were fussy – but I have a friend who’s little one is terrible so I shall have to point her towards this product!

  7. February 26, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    How interesting. I’ve never even heard of anything like this. I’m lucky that Amy eats almost everything, but I can imagine how worrying it can be, if your child is a fussy eater and you want them to get all the nutrients that their little body needs and it’s great that there is something out there that puts your mind at rest x

  8. February 26, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    Yay on the carrot! Our youngest is now eating raw carrot everyday it’s not a very healthy diet but huge progress. Shame about Tigger not wanting to drink it but I do understand how getting a child to try anything they don’t want to is difficult. The shake sounds good in theory.

  9. February 26, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    I have a few reviews about this, wish it was out a few yrs back, little man will eat anything but he can just stop eating for weeks at a time so would have been perfect, he isnt as bad now x

  10. February 26, 2014 / 7:28 pm

    I’ve been so lucky with my daughter, she’s generally a good eater and will try new things. But I’ve seen what a fussy eater in the family can do and have watched friends brought to tears over it, so you have my every sympathy.

  11. February 26, 2014 / 8:19 pm

    I had no idea they still made this kind of thing.It’s similar to what I had as a kid (late 1970’s) when I was deemed a fussy eater.I actually had deep rooted eating issues and the shakes were a short term solution just to get me to gain weight.I hope you find a solution Sarah, have you been referred to a pediatrician or dietitian?

  12. February 26, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    We haven’t been referred to anyone as yet, our health visiting team aren’t all that great so they never bother to review his weight etc. I imagine that once he is measured in the height/weight programme in reception class it will be picked up if he is on the small size. He must be getting enough calories throughout the day grazing as he isn’t lethargic.

  13. February 26, 2014 / 11:50 pm

    Hurrah for the carrot! That sounds like good progress. So sorry Tigger couldn’t be persuaded to try the shake, it sounds like a great idea both for fussy eaters and for children who need to be brought back to full strength after illness. x

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