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How BOOST® Kid Essentials Drink can help children with special dietary needs.

Certain health conditions may limit the types of foods your child can eat. And some medications may even cause your child to lose his or her appetite. It's important to understand your child's condition and make sure he or she is getting the right nutrition and support to grow up healthy.

Q: What should I know about my child's nutrition if she is lactose intolerant?
A: Lactose intolerance affects each child in a different way. Children who are lactose intolerant may have to refrain from eating normal amounts of dairy products. Because they often have to cut back on foods like milk and cheese, they may not be getting enough calcium and vitamin D to grow healthy bones.

For more on the dietary needs of lactose-intolerant children, visit these helpful websites:

http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutrition/lactose_intolerance.html#

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001321/

http://webmd.com/parenting/news/20060905/lactose-intolerant-kids-need-dairy

 
Q: What can I do if my child is losing his or her appetite because of medication?
A: While medications are sometimes necessary for your child's well-being, many parents aren't prepared for one of the common side effects of certain medications: the loss of appetite. If your child is losing weight because his or her appetite has decreased, it's important to make sure he or she takes in extra calories to get back on track. Here are a few tips to help your child do just that:

  • Give your child his or her medication after breakfast, so the medication doesn’t affect the most important meal of the day
  • Serve larger portions at dinner and eat later in the evening when the medication may be wearing off
  • Keep plenty of nutritious snacks around like BOOST® Kid Essentials Drinks to offer your child between meals

Visit the websites below for more information about loss of appetite that may be caused by some medications:

http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/reduce-side-effects-adhd-medications

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/adhd_medications.htm

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/762.html


Q: My child follows a gluten-free diet. How can BOOST® Kid Essentials Drink help?
A: If your child has a gluten-free diet, he or she may not be getting enough of the important nutrients found in grains, such as iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and folate. Each of these nutrients is an important part of a complete daily diet. Supplementing your child's diet with gluten-free BOOST® Kids Essentials Complete Nutritional Drink is a delicious way to help your child get the daily value of these essential vitamins and minerals.

If your child has special dietary needs, it's recommended that you consult a registered dietitian or your child’s doctor to monitor his or her dietary health.  

To learn more about gluten-free diets, visit these websites:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gluten-free-diet/my01140

http://www.cdhnf.org/user-assets/Documents/PDF/GlutenFreeDietGuideWeb.pdf

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