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Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

My daughter has no interest in eating lately and in the US there is a product called ensure or pediasure that is a chocolate, vanilla or strawberry shake that has full vitamins and nutrients. They are often called meal replacement drinks. Is there something like that here in Switzerland?
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Re: Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

How old is she ? Is there an underlying medical condition?

Grandma's recipe would be a banana smoothie with icecream and an egg thrown in.... and make sure your child doesn't have an underlying health reason - otherwise, normal diet and trust that she's absorbing what she needs in her food.
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How old is she ? Is there an underlying medical condition?

Grandma's recipe would be a banana smoothie with icecream and an egg thrown in.... and make sure your child doesn't have an underlying health reason - otherwise, normal diet and trust that she's absorbing what she needs in her food.
But I guess normal diet isn't normal anymore? A raw egg? Is that still done? Makes me feel better for when I eat raw brownie batter or cookie dough

There are loads of protein based shake drinks out there, but I don't know what ones are for younger kids. You could go and ask at the Apotheke...
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Re: Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

How old is your daughter?

I don't think you can just solve it with a protein shake, she may be sick or have some other reason which is putting her off her food. Maybe she's had some kind of shock or trauma?

Young children will not starve themselves and will definitely eat when hungry if there's nothing else wrong with them. Let her eat whatever she feels like for the time being (even if it's junk food).

If she's sort of teenage range, might be worth ruling out whether she's not got "issues" with food.
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Re: Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

She is 5 years old doesn't have a medical condition nor is she sick. Our doctor used to recommend them and she loved drinking them. She is just not a great eater. It's not about her starving, it's about her getting all the nutrients she needs. When she drinks the shake, I know she is getting what she needs. Home is less a problem, but school is where she doesn't eat very well. I used to buy them all the time and I had at least 3 students each year who drank them at lunch. They are not medicinal, so I can't imagine why they would be in the apotheke. They were in the grocery store in the US, along with adult protein shakes and ones for elderly people.
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She doesn't have a medical condition, she is just not a great eater. When she drinks the shake, I know she is getting what she needs. Home is fine, but school is where she doesn't eat very well. I used to have them all the time. They are not medicinal, so I can't imagine why they would be in the apotheke. They were in the grocery store in the US, along with adult protein shakes and ones for elderly people.
You'll probably find stuff like that is classed as medication here, though, and therefore only available in pharmacies.
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My daughter has no interest in eating lately and in the US there is a product called ensure or pediasure that is a chocolate, vanilla or strawberry shake that has full vitamins and nutrients. They are often called meal replacement drinks. Is there something like that here in Switzerland?
In the U.S., the product Ensure is for seniors that need a nutritional boost, whereas Pediasure is for kids.

Looks like Abbot AG in Baar is the manufacturer of Pediasure products here (maybe even worldwide?). See link - maybe you can use the Kontakt page to find out where it is sold?

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Re: Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

It would be in the same section as protein shakes, power bars, workout supplements and the like. I can't imagine that you have to go to a pharmacy to get workout supplements and nutritional items.
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She is 5 years old doesn't have a medical condition nor is she sick. Our doctor used to recommend them and she loved drinking them. She is just not a great eater. It's not about her starving, it's about her getting all the nutrients she needs. When she drinks the shake, I know she is getting what she needs. Home is less a problem, but school is where she doesn't eat very well. I used to buy them all the time and I had at least 3 students each year who drank them at lunch. They are not medicinal, so I can't imagine why they would be in the apotheke. They were in the grocery store in the US, along with adult protein shakes and ones for elderly people.
Because many things that are available at home in the grocery store or target or what not are available here at the apotheke. Don't shoot the messenger . Also, a health food store might be useful...

Here is a link for some of the powder stuff, I think. or are you only looking for the ready to drink version? Still googling...(I like to start from google.ch and pick to search only Swiss sites...)
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It would be in the same section as protein shakes, power bars, workout supplements and the like. I can't imagine that you have to go to a pharmacy to get workout supplements and nutritional items.
You don't. Some larger supermarkets have them and you can get them in sports shops. What they don't have are supplements for young children.
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Re: Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

Not trying to shoot the messenger. Thanks for the advice. Sometimes I just find it irritating that things work so differently than the surrounding neighbour countries. I would not expect things to be similar to the US or UK, but when France, Germany and Italy all have a certain product that we lack, it is frustrating.
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Not trying to shoot the messenger. Thanks for the advice. Sometimes I just find it irritating that things work so differently than the surrounding neighbour countries. I would not expect things to be similar to the US or UK, but when France, Germany and Italy all have a certain product that we lack, it is frustrating.
Sometimes it is frustrating the lack of availability of items or not being able to ship to Switzerland. However, when I search google.de all the sites I found shipping Pediasure are versandapotheke. Can you go into the grocery store in Germany and find them? I don't recall seeing them when shopping, but then I didn't look for them either.

On another note, my kids like the Shakeria shakes, but most likely they don't fulfill all the nutrients provided in Pediasure?
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Re: Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

Well, likely you can make some shakes for her to bring, Ovomaltine here has protein, while I believe that modern versions of Ovaltine in the US do not. When I was (briefly) seeing a nutritionist, she said there is nothing wrong with me replacing breakfast with a glass of ovomaltine here.

Meanwhile, perhaps if you make a shake for her with yogurt, ovomaltine, and a banana, (and maybe some honey) that will probably hit many of the major points that pediasure would, if you can't find it (or it's crazy inconvenient to get, as some things here are).
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Re: Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

Copied from their own website, and using Google Translate:

We are available any time.

Abbott AG
Abbott Nutrition
Neuhofstrasse 23
post office box
CH-6341 Baar

Abbott Hotline: 0800 88 80 81

Telephone +41 (0) 41 768 43 33
Fax +41 (0) 41 768 43 50
Email marketing.nutritional.ch @ abbott.com

You want to order:
Telephone +41 (0) 41/768 43 00
Fax +41 (0) 41/768 43 50
Abbott orders.ai.ch mail info @ abbott.com
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Sometimes it is frustrating the lack of availability of items or not being able to ship to Switzerland. However, when I search google.de all the sites I found shipping Pediasure are versandapotheke. Can you go into the grocery store in Germany and find them? I don't recall seeing them when shopping, but then I didn't look for them either.

On another note, my kids like the Shakeria shakes, but most likely they don't fulfill all the nutrients provided in Pediasure?
Can't speak for Germany, but I know France has them and so does Italy because we would buy them when we were on vacation before we moved over to Switzerland. The main difference in these meal replacement shakes it that they provide the vitamins, minerals and proteins of a full meal, just in shake form. They are great for school lunches because you can't monitor your child while they are at school.
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Copied from their own website, and using Google Translate:

We are available any time.

Abbott AG
Abbott Nutrition
Neuhofstrasse 23
post office box
CH-6341 Baar

Abbott Hotline: 0800 88 80 81

Telephone +41 (0) 41 768 43 33
Fax +41 (0) 41 768 43 50
Email marketing.nutritional.ch @ abbott.com

You want to order:
Telephone +41 (0) 41/768 43 00
Fax +41 (0) 41/768 43 50
Abbott orders.ai.ch mail info @ abbott.com
This is awesome! Thank you so much. They have Pediasure and will ship. You are a lifesaver.
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Re: Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

You could try something like Nestrovit... it is a vitamin/mineral supplement worked into white chocolate..one piece a day

http://www.nestlenutrition.ch/health...Nestrovit.aspx

You should be able to buy it at your local pharmacy (if they don't stock it, all will order it in for you).

We use the Nestle Resource Energy shakes for our research work, they are more similar to what you were looking for but they aren't particularly suitable for children so young (they are quite yummy though)...once again, they are easily bought/ordered through your local pharmacy.
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This is awesome! Thank you so much. They have Pediasure and will ship. You are a lifesaver.
No problem!
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Re: Swiss version of Ensure (Pediasure)

Glad you found your source. Do they have the pre-made liquid versions of the shakes available?

On a separate note, my pediatrician in the US told me once not to worry that a kid gets all goodies at a given meal, and that you should look at their intake over a longer period, like a week at a time. Of course, good nutrition during the school day is important for performance in the afternoon I suppose. I guess that is the first and only reason I can see why the Swiss want their kids home at lunch times!!
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Glad you found your source. Do they have the pre-made liquid versions of the shakes available?

On a separate note, my pediatrician in the US told me once not to worry that a kid gets all goodies at a given meal, and that you should look at their intake over a longer period, like a week at a time. Of course, good nutrition during the school day is important for performance in the afternoon I suppose. I guess that is the first and only reason I can see why the Swiss want their kids home at lunch times!!
I do understand that kids eventually get what they need, but it makes me feel better knowing that she is getting vitamins everyday. It looks like you buy them by the bottle, premixed and ready to refrigerate and drink. I will try it out.
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