Increasing Calories

(POLYCOSE/MCT)

Purpose Of Additives:
  1. Babies who are limited in the amount of fluid they can have often require more calories than formula provides.
  2. Polycose, MCT Oil, cereal formulas are some of the ways we can help your baby get the calories he needs for growth without greatly increasing the volume of his feedings.
  3. Babies who frequently require these additives are those with heart problems, BPD (Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia), or serious nutritional problems due to prolonged illness in the nursery.

Polycose (powder):

  1. KEEP ALL MEDICATIONS OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
  2. Polycose is a carbohydrate supplement that is well tolerated by babies.
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of powder added to 1 ounce of formula makes the feeding 24 calories per ounce (regular formula is 20 calories per ounce).
  4. Some babies develop diarrhea with Polycose. Notify your baby's doctor if this occurs.
  5. Do not increase the amount of Polycose added to each ounce of formula without a doctor's order.
  6. Polycose can be purchased at most supermarkets that carry baby formula. Check with a pharmacist if you have trouble finding it.
  7. Never give Polycose directly into your baby's mouth without first diluting it as directed by your doctor or on the label.

MCT Oil:
  1. KEEP ALL MEDICATIONS OUT OF THE REACH Of CHILDREN.
  2. MCT Oil is a fat supplement which is easily absorbed into your intestine.
  3. 1/2 of a cc (0.5 cc) added to 1 ounce of formula makes the formula 24 calories per ounce (regular formula is 20 calories per ounce).
  4. Some babies develop greasy diarrhea with MCT Oil. Notify your baby's doctor if this occurs.
  5. Do not increase the amount of MCT Oil added to each ounce of formula without a doctors order.
  6. Never give MCT Oil Directly into your baby's mouth.

Additional Information:
Babies who have growth problem or need extra calorie supplements stay on the supplements for various lengths of time -- until they begin to have a steady weight gain.

Nurses Notes:
Approximate Caloric Values of Additives:

Polycose Liquid 1cc = 2 cal
(Ross Labs) 1 Tbs. = 15 cc = 30 cal

Polycose Powder 1 tsp. = 8 cal
(Ross Labs)

MCT Oil 1 cc = 8 cal
(Mead Johnson) 1 Tbs. = 15 cc =115 cal