Dietetics and nutrition
What we eat and drink matters. Good nutrition is important for healthy and growing kids. As parents it can be overwhelming to know just what nutritious foods they need to grow healthy and get the most out of everyday life. Our paediatric dietitians can help.
What is dietetics support for children?
Dietetics is all about how our diet and nutrition can impact our health and wellbeing. Our priority is helping children perform at their best, as well as empowering and educating families on how to overcome feeding challenges and create positive mealtime experiences.
We employ a variety of evidence-based techniques, as well as fun, age-appropriate games when working with you and your child. Our experienced paediatric dietitians support families with general nutritional advice to more complex issues such as weight management, eating disorder, food allergies, enteral feeding, gastrointestinal disorders and more.
What are the goals of dietetics?
Our paediatric dietitians work collaboratively to help set achievable goals for you and your child. Some common ways we can help you and your child may include:
- Improve the food variety and nutritional intake in your child’s diet
- Promote optimal growth and development for your child
- Overcome fussy eating and food aversions
- Develop a healthy relationship with food
- Create positive mealtime experiences
- Improve gut symptoms related to food
Would my child benefit from seeing a dietitian?
Every child is different, but every child can benefit from nutritious food and a nourishing approach to eating. Your child might benefit if they have:
- Gastrointestinal conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, reflux, coeliac disease
- Developmental delay or disability, including Autism or diabetes
- Eating disorders, growth faltering or are malnourished
- Weight management e.g. overweight or underweight
- Nasogastric and PEG management/weaning
- Nutrient deficiencies e.g. iron deficiency
- Fussy, selective or picky eating habits
- Food allergies and food intolerances