Q. How much fiber is in PediaSure with Fiber?
PediaSure with Fiber has 3 grams of fiber per 8 fluid ounce serving, making the product a good source of fiber* for a child's daily diet (12% of fiber daily value).
*See nutrition information for fat content. Contains 9 grams of total fat per 8 fluid ounce serving.
Q. Is there "enough" fiber in PediaSure with Fiber?
According to the Dietary Reference Intakes document,* the recommended level of fiber in children's diets is as follows:
- 19 grams for a 1- to 3-year-old
- 25 grams for a 4- to 8-year-old
- 26 grams for girls 9 to 18 years old
- 31 grams for boys 9 to 13 years old
- 38 grams for boys 14 to 18 years old
PediaSure with Fiber contains 3 grams per 8-fl-oz serving, while other PediaSure products contain 1 gram of fiber per 8 fluid ounce serving. This formulation can help fill the gaps for children who are not getting enough fiber from the rest of their diets. *Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (2002).
Q. What is the difference between the fiber levels in regular PediaSure and PediaSure with Fiber?
Regular PediaSure has 1 gram of fiber and PediaSure with Fiber has 3 grams of fiber per 8-fl-oz serving, 12% of the Daily Value of 25 grams. (See nutrition information for fat content.) Contains 9 grams of total fat per 8 fluid ounce serving.
Q. Where can consumers find PediaSure with Fiber?
Almost all retailers carry PediaSure with Fiber.
Q. What is DHA?
PediaSure is an excellent source of DHA Omega-3*, an important nutrient that helps support brain and eye health.*
*32 mg of DHA per 8 fl oz serving (20% of 160 mg Daily Value)
Q. Where can I purchase PediaSure products?
PediaSure products are available in most grocery stores, drugstores, and mass-merchandisers (such as Walmart®, Target®, and Kmart®).* Find them in the baby or toddler aisle. Our store locator can help you locate major retailers near you that carry the PediaSure family of products. See where to buy PediaSure products
. You can also purchase PediaSure online at the Abbott Nutrition Store
. *Walmart, Target, and Kmart are trademarks of companies other than Abbott Laboratories.
Q. Can a child younger than 2 years of age use PediaSure products?
Talk to a health care professional about use of this product if your child is under 2 years of age. PediaSure products are not intended for infants under 1 year of age. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants under a year old should be breastfed or fed an iron-fortified infant formula.
Q. Do PediaSure products contain milk?
Yes. PediaSure contains milk protein. These proteins are derived from cow’s milk. PediaSure products are suitable for children with lactose intolerance.*
*Not for children with galactosemia
Q. My child has a cow milk allergy. Are there any PediaSure drinks that do not contain milk protein?
At this time, all PediaSure drinks contain cow milk and should be completely avoided for children with cow milk allergies.
Q. What is lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is the inability or insufficient ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and milk products. People with lactose intolerance may experience abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, gas, diarrhea, and nausea after consuming products containing lactose.
Most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate some amount of lactose in their diet. Gradually introducing small amounts of milk or milk products may help some people adapt to them with fewer symptoms.
Q. How is lactose intolerance different from a milk allergy?
Milk allergy is a reaction by the body’s immune system to one or more milk proteins and can be life threatening when just a small amount of milk or milk product is consumed. Some symptoms of milk allergy can be similar to lactose intolerance symptoms (i.e. gas, bloating, abdominal pain), however lactose intolerance is not a milk allergy.
Q. What does suitable for lactose intolerance mean? Does it still contain lactose?
“Suitable for lactose intolerance” means that a product contains < 2 grams lactose/liter as fed or <0.5 grams lactose per serving as fed. Products that are “suitable for lactose intolerance” do contain lactose, but at amounts that do not represent a medical concern for individuals with lactose intolerance.
Q. Why did you make this change from "lactose-free" to "suitable for lactose intolerance"?
The position of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is that products claiming lactose-free should be free of lactose as far as current technology can detect. Since our products do contain some lactose, we decided to describe our products as “suitable for lactose intolerance” to better reflect that they do contain lactose, but can be used by individuals with lactose intolerance without typical symptoms.
Q. Can someone with lactose intolerance tolerate a small amount of lactose?
Most people with lactose intolerance can tolerate some amount of lactose in their diet. A review of the medical and scientific literature shows that consuming up to 2 grams of lactose per liter still results in no gastrointestinal symptoms. For comparison, 1 cup of milk contains 9-12 grams of lactose.
Q. Do we offer any products that are truly lactose free?
The only adult products we offer that are lactose free are Juven and Polycose. All of our other adult liquid nutritional products contain some form of milk protein and therefore would be considered “suitable for lactose intolerance,” but would not cause typical symptoms associated with lactose intolerance.
Q. Do PediaSure products contain peanuts or tree nuts? Are they manufactured on the same line as other products containing peanuts or tree nuts?
There are no peanuts or nut derivatives in PediaSure products. There are no peanuts or tree nuts in the manufacturing plants (or on the lines) where PediaSure products are manufactured.
Q. Do PediaSure products contain gluten?
PediaSure products do not contain gluten.
Q. Are PediaSure products kosher?
Yes. PediaSure products are kosher.
Q. Can you drink PediaSure products directly from the bottle?
Yes. They come ready to use and require no preparation. Many people find that PediaSure tastes better when chilled.
Q. Can I put PediaSure products in the refrigerator for later use?
Yes. Follow the instructions on the label: "After opening, reclose, refrigerate, and use within 48 hours."
Q. Can PediaSure products be frozen?
We do not recommend freezing and then thawing these products. If the product is frozen and then thawed, it may change the physical appearance, making it look unacceptable.
Q. Can PediaSure be warmed before drinking to enjoy like hot chocolate? Can I use the microwave?
These products can be heated so that they are warm, but not so hot as to burn the mouth. The temperature of the product should be checked before offering it to your child. (Although it is not necessary to check the temperature with a thermometer, if one is used the temperature should be in the range of 100ºF to 110ºF.) If a microwave is used to warm the product, please pour it into a microwave-safe container prior to heating.
Q. What are the age guidelines for PediaSure?
PediaSure meets or exceeds the US Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for protein and 25 essential vitamins and minerals for children 2 to 8 years of age in 1,000 mL and for children 9 to 13 years of age in 1,500 mL. Talk to a health care professional about use of this product if your child is younger than 2 years of age.
Q. What is the recommended amount of PediaSure to use in a day? Is there a limit on how much can be used in a day?
In general, there is not a limit on the amount of PediaSure that a child can safely consume. For an individual child, the amount of PediaSure that is needed — or is acceptable — on a daily basis should be discussed with the child's health care professional. If the child is eating foods and drinking other beverages, it is especially important to determine how much PediaSure would be appropriate in the context of the overall diet.
Q. Is PediaSure available through the WIC®* program?
Yes, PediaSure is WIC-eligible in all 50 states for children up to age 5. Ask your doctor or local WIC representative if your child can benefit from the nutrition in PediaSure.
*WIC is a trademark of the United States Department of Agriculture and an abbreviation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
Q. Do you make a non-milk-based PediaSure?
A non-milk-based form of PediaSure is not available.
Q. Do you have recipes using PediaSure?
Q. Is there any caffeine in PediaSure products?
All non-chocolate flavored PediaSure or PediaSure SideKicks products contain 0 mg caffeine.
Chocolate flavored PediaSure and PediaSure SideKicks contain caffeine from the cocoa powder used in the product. There is approximately 10 mg caffeine in 8 fluid ounces of PediaSure and PediaSure SideKicks product.*
*(In contrast, chocolate milk contains approximately 5 to 8 mg caffeine in 8 fluid ounces; cola carbonated beverages contain approximately 50 mg caffeine in 12 fluid ounces; and brewed coffee contains approximately 100 mg caffeine in 6 fluid ounces.)
Q. Why is there sugar in PediaSure?
We tested several versions of PediaSure formulations with children to study their taste preference. The testing showed that the children preferred a sweeter taste. As a result, we produced six "Kid-Approved" flavors. It is important that the product has a pleasant taste that children will enjoy drinking.
Q. My child is lactose-intolerant. Do PediaSure products contain lactose?
PediaSure products are suitable for children with lactose intolerance.* PediaSure products do contain a small amount of lactose, but the amount of lactose is clinically insignificant.
*Not for children with galactosemia
Q. What is the difference between PediaSure Enteral Formula 1.0 Cal and the PediaSure I buy in the store? Can I use either one?
PediaSure Enteral Formula 1.0 Cal products are medical foods intended for use under health care professional supervision.