High calorie and high protein diet for a child with burns (1963)

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 (High calorie and high protein diet)

Children with burn injuries have special needs when it comes to eating.  To help your child’s wounds heal, a high calorie and high protein diet is needed.  The more severe the burns, the more calories and protein your child will need.

Use the MyPlate diagram and the USDA general guidelines below as a starting point to help you plan a healthy and well-balanced diet for your child. 

Balancing Calories:

Foods to Increase: 

Foods to Reduce:

Nutrition tips

Foods that increase protein or calories

Meat/fish/poultry - 7 protein grams per ounce and 75 calories per ounce

Cheese - 7 protein grams per ounce and 100 calories per ounce

Milk - 8 protein grams per cup and 90 to 150 calories per cup

Powdered whole milk - 3 protein grams per tablespoon and 40 calories per tablespoon

Peanut butter - 4 protein grams per tablespoon and 100 calories per tablespoon

Eggs - 7 protein grams per egg and 75 calories per egg

Nuts/seeds - 4 to 7 protein grams per ounce and 160 calories per ounce

Dried beans/legumes - 7 protein grams per 1/2 cup and 100 calories per 1/2 cup

Butter and margarine - 0 protein grams and 35 calories per teaspoon

Honey, jams and jellies - 0 protein grams and 55 calories per tablespoon

Instant super shake
600 calories, 15 g protein per recipe

½ cup half and half
¾ cup ice cream or frozen custard
1 package instant breakfast

Blend first 2 ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Mix in instant breakfast powder. Serve immediately.
You may add chocolate syrup, peanut butter or malt powder if you wish.

Pudding with a punch
250 calories, 8 g protein per serving

2 cups whole milk
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1 package instant pudding
2 packages instant breakfast

Add vegetable oil to milk. 
Blend milk and oil with the pudding mix and instant breakfast. 
Pour into ½ cup containers and chill in refrigerator until set. 

Peanut butter snack chow
380 calories, 7 g protein per ½ cup serving

1 cup peanut butter
1 stick margarine
1 - 12 ounce bag chocolate chips
1 box Corn Chex™ or Crispix™ cereal
1 cup powdered sugar

Melt chocolate chips, margarine, and peanut butter. Pour over cereal. Put mixture into a brown paper bag. Add powdered sugar & shake until coated. Store in an air tight container. In warmer climates, it may need to be stored in the refrigerator.

Double milk
270 calories, 17 g protein per serving

Add 2 to 4 Tablespoons powdered milk to 1 cup whole milk.


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