High Cholesterol in Children
How Is High Cholesterol in Children Treated? continued...
Here are some examples of healthy foods to give your child.
- For breakfast: Fruit, non-sugary cereal, oatmeal, and low-fat yogurt are among the good choices for breakfast foods. Use skim or 1% milk rather than whole or 2% milk (after age 2, or as recommended by your doctor).
- For lunch and dinner: Bake or grill foods instead of frying them. Use whole-grain breads and rolls to make a healthier sandwich. Also, give your child whole-grain crackers with soups, chili, and stew. Prepare pasta, beans, rice, fish, skinless poultry, or other dishes. Always serve fresh fruit (with the skin) with meals.
- For snacks: Fruits, vegetables, breads, and cereals make great snacks for children. Children should avoid soda, juice and fruit drinks.
If diet and exercise alone doesn't improve your child's cholesterol level, your child may need to take medication such as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. One of these drugs, Pravachol, already is FDA approved for children born into families genetically predisposed to high cholesterol.
A child's cholesterol level should be retested and monitored after dietary changes are made and/or medication started as recommended by your child's health care provider.