Children are not “little adults,” they are individuals who are constantly growing, changing, and developing. Without proper nutrition, the normal development of a child may be delayed, which can result in a number of conditions. Some of the most common conditions caused by a lack of proper nutrition include failure to thrive, underweight, and feeding difficulties. Other common conditions children may experience include behavioral feeding disorders, food refusal, sensory processing disorder, and/or chewing and swallowing difficulties. Children whose lives are affected by conditions such as these will benefit from the services of a Registered Dietitian.
What is a Registered Dietitian? According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Registered dietitians, or RDs, are the food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, training and credentials that back a registered dietitian are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices.”
The RD specializes in pediatric nutrition and understands the specific nutritional needs of a child as well as the nutritional needs for those with a variety of medical diagnoses. Working with the Feeding Clinic, she will assess the child’s growth history and current nutritional status as well as assess the child for his/her current nutritional needs. The RD will also learn of the child’s current food preferences and feeding skills. This information will allow the RD to provide caregiver education and develop an individualized, realistic plan of care to promote the goal of optimal growth and development.
In the Feeding Clinic, the dietitian can work with you and your child in the treatment and management of diagnoses such as: Failure to thrive, food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities, and underweight. Children with feeding problems (selective/picky eaters) can benefit from the Feeding Clinic as well.