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VitafriendsPKU Australia is designed for people with Phenylketonuria (PKU) who have been prescribed a Vitaflo International Ltd. (Vitaflo) product by their healthcare professional. The information provided is not to replace any information that is given to you by your health care professional.

By clicking to the right you confirm that you or your child has been prescribed a Vitaflo product.

All Vitaflo’s products are foods for special medical purposes and must be used under medical supervision. For any medical advice you should consult your healthcare professional.

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Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a lifelong condition and Vitaflo are here to support you every step of the way.

At VitafriendsPKU you’ll find lots of information about your, or your child’s, Vitaflo protein substitute. This includes; what it is, why it is suitable, how to use and/or make it and what flavours it is available in. You’ll also find helpful tips on managing protein substitute intake at particular stages of life, from parents of infants and children, and teenagers and adults, with PKU. So that you can feel prepared for what’s to come, VitafriendsPKU shows you products that your healthcare professional may advise you or your child on, in the future, as well as low protein recipes you may wish to try. To find the product information you need, start your VitafriendsPKU journey following the yellow dotted line to your or your child’s stage of life.
IMPORTANT - Vitaflo protein substitutes for the dietary management of PKU always have a circular, dark blue, PKU symbol on them - just like the one above that the stork is carrying. If you ever receive a product which you believe is not suitable for PKU, inform your healthcare professional immediately.

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Birth

Congratulations on the birth of your baby. Your team of healthcare professionals will be there to support you and your baby every step of the way, helping decide on the most appropriate phenylalanine‐free infant formula to use alongside either breast milk or a standard infant formula. Move along the journey by clicking on the arrow on the right of this screen.

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From 6 Months

The first year of your baby’s life is a time of rapid growth and development. From around 6 months your baby will be ready to learn to eat food from a spoon and will eat many new foods and textures over the coming months. This may include introducing their “next-stage” protein substitute such as PKU gel or PKU squeezie. This helps them meet their specialised nutritional needs and maximise their growth. Click on the products above for more details.

Introducing solids is an exciting time and often messy!

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Preschool

Your child may now be attending preschool, kindergarten, or childcare and so at times, may need to take their protein substitute outside of the home; under the guidance of a different carer. the protein substitute needs to keep up with their nutritional needs to help optimise their growth. PKU Gel, PKU Express and PKU Cooler are all possible products for this stage. All products are easy for young children to take on their own, are low in volume and are interchangeable. Click on the products above for more detail.

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The Primary School Years

Not only is your child at school, they may also be doing out-of-school activities, hobbies and sports that take them away from home for long periods of time, even sleepovers at their friends’ homes. Their protein substitute needs to support their increasing independence. Vitaflo have many different protein substitutes available for this stage, PKU gel, PKU express, PKU cooler and PKU sphere. All are convenient, easy to take, offered in low volumes and contain the essential nutrients children of this age need for growth. They are interchangeable offering choice and flexibility. Your health professional will help guide you.

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The Teenage Years

Whether you’re at school, university, working, or spending time with family and friends’, your protein substitute needs to fit into your lifestyle and shouldn’t stop you doing the activities you enjoy best.
There are many different protein substitutes available for this age group such as PKU express, PKU cooler, PKU air and PKU sphere. Some patients have a favourite and use one, others use a combination. The choice is yours. Your health professional will help guide you.

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Adults

Whether you’re at work, juggling your own family or enjoying leisure time with family and friends, protein substitutes designed specifically to fit easily into your lifestyle are ideal. Vitaflo offer many choices such as PKU express, PKU cooler, PKU air and PKU sphere. All come in a variety of flavours specifically created to suit adult tastebuds. Some are powders and some are ready to feed liquids but all are low calorie, low volume and provide essential nutrients.

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Maternal PKU

You may now be planning to start a family or already be pregnant. This is one of the most exciting stages of life and it’s really important for you and your family, that taking your protein substitute is easy and stress free. Vitaflo have many choices available for this exciting stage such as PKU express, PKU cooler, PKU air and PKU sphere. The best option will depend on your needs and preferences and should be discussed with your healthcare professional. They will monitor and advise you every step of the way through your pregnancy.

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