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? Does your little one suffer from allergies, food intolerances, or immune system imbalances? 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!
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 Naturopathic Doctor with specialized training in pediatric care.
For new parents, it is best to learn as much as you can about breastfeeding before the baby is born. A family Naturopath is a great resource. After the baby is born, the ND can continue to provide education, troubleshoot problems with breastfeeding, and monitor infant growth and development. Naturopathic Physicians 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. Professional guidance can help this phase go much smoother and is effective in support reflux, constipation, immune challenges, and promoting thriving health during the first few months of life.
Transition to Solids
Enter the next adventure! Introducing solids can be a stressful and confusing time for parents and caregivers. A Naturopath can support you through this transition by providing recommendations on first foods, texture modifications, feeding schedules, and much more. This is especially helpful when there is a history of food allergy, sensitivity, and intolerance or if there have been struggles with constipation and GI distress.
Picky Eating and Problem Eaters
Getting your kids to eat healthy foods can be difficult and often very challenging 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 Naturopath 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 Naturopathic Doctor 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.
Healthy Immune System Support
Through clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, and homeopathic support, the Naturopathic Physician can help guide your little one (and your whole family) along the path of optimal health. Gut healing, mediating an appropriate immune response, and managing sleep and stress are all so important for a healthy immune system. If your little one is struggling with frequent infections or colds, has any food intolerances and sensitivities, has had antibiotic or other medication exposure, or is struggling with any other persistent immune problem, book in today! We can help you turn the corner and guide your little one along optimal health.
It would be far too exhaustive for us to attempt to list all the ways that nutrition and proper chemistry support can help your little one experience their best expression of life! Call the office to book in with Dr Stephanie today to learn more and to put Kelowna's family naturopath to work for you.