Dietitians help ensure children are receiving adequate nutrition to grow and develop. Some children face extra challenges with eating and drinking, a dietitian can help ensure nutritional needs are despite individual difficulties. They can also support families to develop healthy relationships with food and reduce mealtime stress.
Your child may benefit from an assessment and education by a dietitian if they are experiencing;
- Growth Concerns and Failure to Thrive
Some medical conditions may compromise how well a baby or child grows. A dietitian can assess and advise how to optimise growth and ensure nutritional requirements are met.
- Reluctance or difficulty progressing with Solid Foods
A dietitian can advise how to safely introduce or progress solid foods including weaning from breastmilk or formula.
- Very Fussy or Selective Eating
Most children go through a fussy phase with eating, however for some children this may persist. If a child continues to eat only a very limited range of foods, this may compromise their growth and development and can be extremely stressful for families. Dietitians can help expand the range of foods accepted and ensure nutritional needs are met as well as reduce mealtime stress for the family.
- Allergies and Intolerances
Dietitians can advise on how to safely avoid known allergens whilst maintaining a nourishing and enjoyable diet.
Dietitians can also assess and provide advice on how to manage common childhood nutritional issues such as iron deficiency, constipation etc.
- Learning to breastfeed can sometimes be challenging, but with the rigt support many women find breastfeeding a positive and rewarding experience. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) are breastfeeding experts who provide evidence based non judjmental support to help you reach your feeding goals – whatever they may be.
Lactation consultants can assist with a range of feeding issues including;
- Position attachment
- Sore nipples
- Low supply or over supply
- Low weight gain
- Mastitis, blocked ducts, thrush, vasospasm, white spot
- Breast refusal
- Introducing family foods