Getting more calories - children; Chemotherapy - calories; Transplant - calories; Cancer treatment - calories
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.
Change your children's eating habits to help them get more calories.
Make eating pleasant and fun.
Be sure to discuss any food allergies or foods that should be avoided with your child's health care provider.
For infants and babies:
For toddlers and preschoolers:
Agrawal AK, Feusner J. Supportive care of patients with cancer. In: Fish JD, Lipton JM, Lanzkowsky P, eds. Lanzkowsky's Manual of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2022:chap 32.
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 June 20, 2022.
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 March 23, 2022. Accessed June 20, 2022.BACK TO TOP
Review Date: 1/1/2022
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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