Children need a sufficient intake of nutritious foods to grow and develop normally.
During this time of critical growth, it is essential that children receive not only an adequate supply of all of the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) but also macronutrients (energy in the form of protein, carbohydrate and fat).
Nutritional supplements may be recommended by your healthcare professional when:
- children aren’t eating and drinking as much as they would normally
- help is needed with weight gain or to slow down weight loss
- growth is suboptimal
- nutritional intake is reduced due to illness
- appetite is poor as a result of medical treatment
- energy requirements increase due to a medical condition, including cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, gastrointestinal disorders, autism and many others
- surgery is required (before and after an operation)