Up until he was eighteen months old, Bean was a fantastic eater. He couldn’t get enough, and would happily devour anything put in front of him. From the simple to the adventurous, as long as it was cut up small enough for him to munch on, down it’d go.
Then he reached a year and a half old, and everything changed. Eating was a battle, six times a day. He grew suspicious of everything and would refuse the foods he loved only a few short weeks previously. I became frustrated and totally blamed myself. I didn’t know exactly what I’d done wrong but it must have been me. Bean was upset, because he didn’t like being sat with plates of food that he didn’t want.
And it went on… And on… He’d tolerate the odd thing here and there to pick at, buttered toast, a yogurt, a biscuit… Never an actual meal or anything of any substance, and not enough for a growing boy. Occasionally he’d eat something out of the blue that I never expected him to even entertain, and I’d think we’d have it cracked, we’d have found the holy grail. It’d last a few days tops.
He didn’t lose weight. How that’s possible I don’t know. He must have been sneaking bogies and fluff when I wasn’t looking. However I don’t think it did his immune system any favours, as he was constantly poorly with something, and he’s moods were terrible.
Now he’s four and a half, we’ve sort of worked out what he will eat and what he won’t. We’ve tried the “make them try a new food X amount of times before they get used to it” stuff many times, and it hasn’t worked for us. He’ll eat things he can pick at and nibble, but dinner time is still a worry, he won’t touch anything where he can’t see all the components clearly in front of him, which narrows things down rather a lot. He suffers from digestion problems as his diet can be so erratic plus when he’s ill and for the few weeks after a cold etc, he’ll revert back to not eating whatsoever, which takes an enormous amount of encouragement and energy to get him back to where he was before.
I still worry that he’s not getting everything he needs, especially as he’s at school and needs all the energy, concentration and a healthy immune system to fight off the constant barrage of colds and viruses off.
I was recently sent a tin of PaediaSure Shake – A balanced nutrition for the fussy eating phase – by NetMums to review. Knowing how difficult the Bean can be, I knew it was something we had to try.
As if this is unlike anything I’ve ever given to Bean, I was keen to read up on it before giving the shake a go, so here’s what it’s all about…
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 build strong bones, as well as iron to support brain development – all essential nutrients that every child needs to grow and develop.
PaediaSure Shake, alongside a healthy balanced diet, is there to help you get your child back on track. Make sure you read our practical 12-week ‘Back on Track’ Eating Plan for guidance to help your child establish healthy eating habits.”
It was all sounding really rather good to me, plus a read through the 12-week Eating Plan, which is full of sensible, well thought out advice concentrating on a one tip a week to introduce new eating habits slowly and steadily.
So, to the shake. Very easy to make, just mix five scoops of the powder to water and you’re left with a smooth and creamy strawberry milkshake which the Bean took without question and happily sipped at saying it was like Lola’s pink milk from Charlie & Lola. He loved the delicious strawberry taste, which I can confirm is very yummy indeed as he was very keen for me to try it too and he finished the lot in double quick time.
We started the recommended 2 cups a day alongside a healthy diet at the start of half term a week ago. Bean hasn’t turned into Popeye with superhuman strength a week later, which obviously we weren’t expecting, but his tummy troubles have significantly reduced, plus with the help of the eating plan he’s more interested in food than ever before. Plus it’s given me huge peace of mind to know that he’s getting everything his body needs.
I’ve been really impressed with PaediaSure and the small but significant results I’ve noticed so far. I’ll definitely be using it again when I feel Bean needs something to supplement his diet and would definitely recommend it to other parents of children with similar eating habits to Bean.
PaediaSure Shake is suitable for children aged 1-10 years and can be purchased from boots.com For more information, visit fussyeaters.co.uk
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