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Eating extra calories when sick - children

Getting more calories - children; Chemotherapy - calories; Transplant - calories; Cancer treatment - calories

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When children are sick or undergoing cancer treatment, they may not feel like eating. But your child needs to get enough protein and calories to grow and develop. Eating well can help your child handle the illness and side effects of treatment better.

Caring for Your Child

Change your children's eating habits to help them get more calories.

Make eating pleasant and fun.

Ways to add Calories to Your Child's Food

For infants and babies:

For toddlers and preschoolers:

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References

Agrawal AK, Feusner J. Supportive care of patients with cancer. In: Lanzkowsky P, Lipton JM, Fish JD, eds. Lanzkowsky's Manual of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 33.

American Cancer Society website. Nutrition for children with cancer. www.cancer.org/treatment/children-and-cancer/when-your-child-has-cancer/nutrition.html. Updated June 30, 2014. Accessed January 21, 2020.

National Cancer Institute website. Nutrition in cancer care (PDQ) - health professional version. www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/appetite-loss/nutrition-hp-pdq. Updated September 11, 2019. Accessed January 21, 2020.

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Review Date: 1/14/2020  

Reviewed By: Adam S. Levy, MD, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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