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Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

High energy milk and drinks

In practice these drinks and special milks are only really suitable for children who really cannot eat (or learn to eat) solid food.

There are a wide range of these products on the market, but while they sound as if they should helpful for increasing weight gain, there is little evidence that they are effective and we have seen many instances in our clinic where they have suppressed appetite for other foods and in some cases even slowed weight gain.    

If these products are started it is important to monitor their effect over time. If they do not result in increased weight gain or have only a short term effect, they should be stopped and other strategies adopted.   

Last Updated: 11 November 2020