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Dr. Y. Vasavada
Dr. Y. Vasavada, Pediatrician
Category: Paediatrics
Satisfied Customers: 3309
Experience:  M.D.(ped) passed at first attempt, in practice continuously for last 37 years. Certi. in Comp
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My daughter has been involved with health services for 3years

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My daughter has been involved with health services for 3years now. Her diet is (self) limited. She was diagnosed initially with an unspecified eating disorder. Initially her weight was on the border of 'clinically' underweight but progression has got her up to a healthy weight. She does not have any psychiatric conditions, including body dysmorphic ones. The treatment has now progressed to family therapy to explore emotions, both surrounding food and in general.
The specifics - she is 12yrs 10months, weighs @ 8st1lb & is @ 5'7" tall. She joined an athletics club last summer and is showing real promise in this field. A major concern is the lack of protein in her diet. She will eat small amiunts of cheese, yoghurt and milk but little other protein-rich foods.
I do not want to start the 'protein shakes' on the market for muscle mass etc. I have communicated with her psychologist who will seek feedback from a nutritionist but that may take a long time.
All I want to know is, until my daughter develops substantial protein into her diet, is there anyway I can safely supplement it artificially and safely!
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Paediatrics
Expert:  Dr. Y. Vasavada replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

Hello, Sure you can use skimmed milk powder or egg white/whole egg daily for her protein needs.

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

If there are concerns about allergy or intolerance, you can go for hypo-allegenic predigested protein powders available as health drink.

Dr. Yogindra Vasavada :

She may need roughly 100 grams total protein (half of it first class, like meat/egg) per day. Little extra may be allowed for athletic training need.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

She will not eat meat:eggs etc. I know her needz and know they are not being met. What I need to know is, are there any safe, additives that would boost her protein intake artificially rather than thru her diet. We are working on nutrition but I want to know how I can increase protein intake until she develops a proper diet.

Expert:  Dr. Y. Vasavada replied 3 years ago.
Soya is a rich source and so are most legumes and nuts. You can powder roasted seeds and add to milk or other liquid dishes.
Ready to consume powder preparations containing protein concentrate are available in pharmacy also, which please inquire with your GP or pharmacy.