Every parent is invested in how their child is growing and developing as the years pass by. But to accomplish this, your child needs to learn healthy eating habits since food and nutrition are an essential part of your child’s development.
What to Expect From a Nutritionist Consultation
A nutrition consultation at Carolina Pediatric Therapy can consist of evaluation and treatment of pediatric nutrition concerns and counseling related to the following:
- Feeding difficulties
- Weight or growth concerns
- Food intolerances
- Disordered eating
Consultation is provided through our Licensed and Registered Dietitians who have the expertise to give you the best nutrition advice for your child.
Common Problem a Dietitian/Nutritionist Can Help With
Although each child is different, nutrition counseling can contribute to every child learning healthy eating habits. Let’s consider some of the most common problems you might face as a parent with food and nutrition.
Difficulties with feeding your child can include anything from food refusal to prolonged mealtimes and disruptive mealtime behaviors. What does a child nutritionist do in these cases? We’ll work with your child’s physician, the speech therapist, and/or the occupational therapist to get to the root of the difficulty.
Whether it’s caused by GI upset, an allergic reaction, difficulty swallowing, or issues with texture we will help resolve the underlying problem and support you in providing adequate nutrition in the meantime.
Overweight or Underweight
Unhealthy eating habits aren’t hard to develop with so many bad foods that your child sees on television and at the supermarket. But whether you’ve been told by your child’s physician or you just have a nagging fear that your child is struggling with his weight, our pediatric dietitian will help determine if a problem truly exists by examining growth charts and obtaining a thorough history. We will provide you with the information you need to support your child is having a healthy relationship with food in the body that’s right for him.
Chronic Medical Conditions or Allergies
A registered dietitian understands how to work in conjunction with your child’s physician to help you meet your child’s nutrition needs to support optimum growth. Keep in mind that nutrition advice can be impacted if your child has certain chronic medical conditions or is allergic to certain foods.
We will help you provide structure around meals and snacks so your child has the confidence to sneak up on new foods and expand her variety at a pace that is comfortable for her. We will collaborate with occupational therapy or behavioral therapy when needed to provide the most appropriate support.
We will work closely with your child’s therapist and physician to support you in a family-centered care model. We will give you the tools to provide meals and snacks with adequate nutrition in a structured environment.
Supporting Young Athletes
We can help you understand how to fuel the body of a young athlete and how much nutrition is needed to support optimum performance.
Raising a Healthy Eater
If you’re just starting out we can provide you with the knowledge and tools to raise a child who has a healthy relationship with food, including when and what foods to offer when to start solid foods, how to manage family meals, and how to navigate some of the pitfalls of feeding a child.
Do You Need The Help of a Pediatric Dietitian?
If your child is exhibiting any of these food and nutrition problems, then you need to seek nutrition counseling from a registered dietitian/nutritionist. But before your child’s first appointment, we will send you a feeding and diet history questionnaire. The questionnaire will help us to understand your child’s meal and eating routines. Once we identify areas to work on and set goals, you will go home with an action plan.
Carolina Pediatric Therapy looks forward to serving you, your child, and your family!
Even if you’re not sure how we can help, you can fill in our form to schedule a FREE 15-minute discovery session with our dietitian/nutritionist to learn how nutrition counseling could benefit your family. You’ll get the chance to outline your concerns and your therapist will give you an understanding of how we can help resolve those concerns so you can support your children to grow into their best selves.