Nutrition for a child on steroids (1221)

Key points below

Steroids may cause nutrition concerns. This handout helps you think about concerns and shares tips to help manage your concerns.

Some nutrition concerns that can happen when your child is on steroids include:

For babies: Breast-feed or give formula as usual. Offer foods with calcium that your baby can eat. If your baby is breastfed, talk to your doctor or dietitian about vitamin D supplements.

Tips to lower salt in the diet

Read the Nutrition Facts labels.

The Nutrition Facts label can help you figure out how much sodium is in each serving of food.

The nutrition information is based on the serving size.  You must look at the serving size on the first line of the food label.  You will need to figure out the amount of sodium your child eats based on how much food they eat.

Nutrition label

For the label above, if your child eats:

Tips to increase calcium and vitamin D

Eat 3 to 4 servings of dairy each day. Focus on foods like milk or alternative milks, low sugar yogurt, unsalted almonds and green leafy vegetables. 

Food labels list calcium as a percent of daily value.

nutrition label

Tips to manage blood sugars

If your child’s blood sugars are too high, follow these recommendations.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse or clinic if you or your child have any concerns or if your child has special health care needs not covered by this information.