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Can anyone recommend a protein powder for a 6 y/o

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#1 literally nobody

Posted 20 May 2019 - 08:49 PM

My 6.5 year old started on Ritalin about 6 weeks ago and Im after recommendations on a protein powder that i can also give him in addition to his daily food as he has lost his appetite slightly. ta.

#2 Paddlepop

Posted 20 May 2019 - 09:00 PM

What about Sustagen Kids Essentials or Pediasure?

#3 Coffeegirl

Posted 20 May 2019 - 09:02 PM

Sustagen make a protein powder specifically for children.  You can get it at chemists

I work in the supplement industry and there isn’t anything in our store that I would recommend for a child that young,   Not even the natural plant based products.

Please speak to your GP before giving a child any protein supplement though

#4 anna_garny

Posted 20 May 2019 - 09:20 PM

If you get the chance, speak to your pharmacist or even you pediatrician who has given you the script for the ritalin, let them know that his appetite has been impacted and that you need some options for keeping his nutrients up.

#5 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 20 May 2019 - 09:30 PM

I buy ISustain as it's made in Australia. Make sure whatever brand you choose is specifically designed for children though. Be sure to let the paediatrician know too.

Edited by FuzzyChocolateToes, 20 May 2019 - 09:31 PM.

#6 literally nobody

Posted 20 May 2019 - 09:32 PM

ok great, thanks everyone ill check those out.

#7 countrychic29

Posted 20 May 2019 - 09:48 PM

Nutra Organics do a Thriving Protein powder that is suitable for kids to take and the flavour is not bad

#8 ~strawberry~

Posted 21 May 2019 - 06:01 PM

We were recommended by our paediatrician to put our DD on Pediasure when she started on ritalin.

#9 LittleMissPink

Posted 21 May 2019 - 06:57 PM

Sustagen Hospital Strength.

Thats what I gave my daughter when she was on ritalin, as recommended by the paed

#10 dearydo

Posted 21 May 2019 - 09:08 PM

As others have said, sustagen and pediasure if there is a nutritional deficit and with medical guidance.

Both dietician and the gp emphasised NO to the protein bars, protein yoghurt, protein drinks etc. Due to the risk of too much protein for Children and looking at other ways to calorie load their food (with fat, higher calorie dense foods etc) if necessary.

This post is probably similar to what the dietician said


#11 mayahlb

Posted 21 May 2019 - 09:53 PM

We use hospital strength sustagen. Pedisure is also good.

Do make sure the one you use is appropriate for children. Our dietician said to be wary of some sustagen types as they have too much of a vitamin or mineral in them. Vitamin A I think. Something about it being one of those vitamins the body deposits extra of rather then, well peeing it out like excess vitamin c.

And err the way we have got my kid to put on weight is toasted sandwiches. He has two a day :lol: as well as his usual food and he’s put on more weight in the last 2 months then 3 months of “milkshakes” aka sustagen.

Edited by mayahlb, 21 May 2019 - 09:55 PM.

#12 JoanJett

Posted 22 May 2019 - 10:35 AM

A lot of people don't like Sustagen/Pedisure due to its sweetness.

We saw a Paediatric Dietitian due to flatlining weight in my son.

Useful advice easy to implement advice to increase the nutritional density of everything:

Supplement all milk (including for cereal) with full cream milk powder.  Just mix in 1-2 tbs into 200ml milk.  Just the Sunshine powder you buy in the UHT/evaporated milk aisle.
Nuts - ground nuts, nut pastes on everything that suits at home, including almond meal in milkshakes.  Peanut butter on toast is a fantastic high protein snack.
Spray olive oil on salad/veges, drizzle more of it if they like the taste
Cream cheese instead of butter
Turkish bread instead of regular bread, as the oil content increases the calories.  If they don't like it, choose the "densest" bread they'll eat.

Our general approach is to load up the calories in the times medication is not on board and then try to make every mouthful count during the day, so the most nutritionally dense meals he likes.

Good luck.

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