Do have questions about your kids eating habits or nutrition status? Are you struggling with a fussy eater or just concerned that your little one is not getting everything they need to thrive? Maybe you have heard that “food is medicine” and are wondering if it could help your kid with their medical condition or behaviour issues.
Don’t fret! We are here to help!
When you think of a Dietitian, you probably think of healthy eating and weight loss, but dietitians are trained to manage many more areas of health than that! Paediatric nutrition is a specialized field since infants and children are continuously growing and developing. There are even several diagnosed conditions that are specific to infants and children which require unique nutritional management. Here are a few reasons to consider seeing a paediatric dietitian.
For new parents, it is best to learn as much as you can about breastfeeding before the baby is born. A trained pediatric dietitian is a great resource. After the baby is born, the dietitian can continue to provide education, troubleshoot problems with breastfeeding, and perform frequent weighs to ensure the baby is taking in enough volume to support expected growth. Dietitians can also help breastfeeding moms who may need to make changes to their diet if baby is showing signs of food allergy or intolerance to something in mom’s diet.
Introducing solids can be a stressful and confusing time for parents and caregivers. A dietitian can support you through this transition by providing recommendation on first foods, texture modifications, feeding schedules, and much more…
Getting your kids to eat healthy foods can be difficult and often very stressful for parents. Picky eating, also called food neophobia, can develop at any young age and in response to pretty much anything about a food, including its flavor, colour, or texture. Seeing a dietitian can help provide some realistic solutions to get your child on the right track to developing a healthy relationship with food and hopefully start to expand their food repertoire! If your child has started to restrict his/her intake to less than 20 foods, refuses entire categories of food textures, cries when presented with new foods, and is eating entirely different meals from the rest of the family, your child may be more of a problem eater than a “picky eater”. A dietitian trained in pediatrics can help determine nutritional deficiencies and help parents through a step by step process to help make food not a problem for your child and family.