Recommendation ID

High energy liquid feed supplements:- Do high energy liquid feed supplements improve growth in children with faltering growth?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- It seems logical to attempt to treat inadequate dietary intake with food of some kind, and high energy liquid dietary supplements appear to be effective when used in older adults. Although they are also widely promoted for use in children, little research on their efficacy has been done.
Experimental research suggests that high energy liquid feed supplements may supress appetite and displace normal diet, and one case series found that when high energy liquid feed supplements were withdrawn appetite improved with no impact on weight. Further research is important to establish whether their effectiveness justifies their cost and the suppressant effect on appetite.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Faltering growth: recognition and management of faltering growth in children
Date issued
September 2017

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 30/09/2017