Fact sheetDiet specifications

Published on 1 Nov 2012

Adolescent 14 - 18 years

This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Paediatric Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.


To provide a balanced diet with a variety of foods for adolescents 14-18 years of age who are able to eat at an age appropriate level.


A diet that meets the Nutrition standards for paediatric inpatients in NSW hospitals. Full serve is appropriate as well as access to extra serves and nutritious snacks to meet increased nutritional demands due to increased growth rate in adolescents.

A wide range of foods from all food groups is included. A wide range of textures is provided.


Suitable for adolescents 14-18 yrs of age who are nutritionally well and nutritionally at-risk. May be combined with other therapeutic diet orders for adolescents who have special or high nutritional needs. This diet may be combined with thickened fluids/texture modifications.

Nutritional adequacy

Nutritionally adequate.

Full serve size is appropriate.

Refer to Paediatric Nutrition Standards for Minimum Menu Choice for serve size requirements for varying ages.



Specific menu planning guidelines

Allowed Not allowed
Hot main dishes All -
Sauces, gravies All -
Starchy vegetables/pasta/rice All  -
Vegetables All -
Soups All if local policy permits -
Sandwiches All -
Salads, dressings All -
Breads, cereals All -
Spreads All -
Hot breakfast choices All -
Fruit All -
Yoghurt All, reduced fat yoghurt preferable -
Desserts All -
Milk and cheese All, reduced fat milk preferable -
Beverages All  -
Biscuits All -
MiscellaneousMore snacks available if required Alcohol


  1. Agency for Clinical Innovation. Nutrition standards for paediatric inpatients in NSW hospitals. Sydney 2011.
  2. Agency for Clinical Innovation. Nutrition standards for adult inpatients in NSW hospitals. Sydney 2011.
  3. Dietitians Association of Australia. 2009. Nutrition Manual 8th ed. Canberra: DAA.
  4. American Dietetic Association. Paediatric Nutrition Care Manual. Chicago: ADA.
  5. Shaw V and Lawson M. Clinical Paediatric Dietetics. 3rd Edition. 2007. Blackwell Publishing.
  6. NHMRC Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents 2012.
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