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Is it okay to give my 18 month old pediasure, since she hasn't been eating due to chicken pox?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology

In brief: Why?

Pediasure literature says that the product is not intended for children under age 2.
It's probably safe for an 18-month-old, but you child isn't going to get significantly malnourished in the 7-10 days it will take for her to regain her appetite. If you keep her well-hydrated with water and fruit juices, an expensive nutritional supplement isn't really necessary.

In brief: Why?

Pediasure literature says that the product is not intended for children under age 2.
It's probably safe for an 18-month-old, but you child isn't going to get significantly malnourished in the 7-10 days it will take for her to regain her appetite. If you keep her well-hydrated with water and fruit juices, an expensive nutritional supplement isn't really necessary.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology

In brief: Sounds good

If she'll take the pediasure, it seems like a good idea.

In brief: Sounds good

If she'll take the pediasure, it seems like a good idea.
Dr. Tara Passow
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Dr. Patrick Hieber
Pediatrics

In brief: Nutrition/illness

Yes. Pediasure is safe to use in this context.
It will provide calories and fluids to sustain your child through the 7-10 day illness until she feels well enough to resume her normal diet.

In brief: Nutrition/illness

Yes. Pediasure is safe to use in this context.
It will provide calories and fluids to sustain your child through the 7-10 day illness until she feels well enough to resume her normal diet.
Dr. Patrick Hieber
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