Though most children are able to take all the necessary nutrients via normal eating, there are circumstances when this is simply not enough. During acute conditions, such as acute respiratory infections, fever, acute gastrointestinal infections, and surgery, the metabolic needs of the body increases (e.g. each 1°C increase in body temperature leads to an about 10% increase in daily energy requirements) while the child’s appetite decreases and thus a negative nutritional balance may occur. In such cases, oral nutritional supplementation ensures that the nutritional needs are met and the recovery is faster. Certain chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and cystic fibrosis, lead to altered metabolism and altered nutritional needs on their own. These altered nutritional needs can be met by oral clinical nutrition and thus the condition of patients can be ameliorated.
MediDrink Kids is being designed to meet nutritional needs in children and help their recovery.
Clinical research of the past decade has shown that specific conditions require specific medical nutrition. According to these scientific findings and based on an approach focusing on patients and conditions we are currently working to identify the specific nutritional needs of many different illnesses in order to develop products which address these needs.
To read more about our development strategy and on-going research, click here.
Hudson et al. Nutrients 2021;13:1554.