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Healthy, Happy Kids

How the Parent, Child, Dietitian team works

Bowl of Grains

Help with Weight Gain

A dietitian plays a crucial role in assisting with infant/child failure to thrive, or inadequate growth or weight gain in infants or children. Here's how Kay can help:

  1. Assessment of Intake: She will evaluate the current feeding practices, (breastfeeding, formula feeding, introduction of solid foods). She will look for any gaps or deficiencies in nutrition.

  2. Individualized Meal Planning: Based on the assessment, Kay will develop an individualized meal plan that addresses the specific  needs of the child. This may involve adjusting the volume or timing of feedings, ensuring the proper balance of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats), and incorporating nutrient-rich foods appropriate for the child's age.

  3. Breastfeeding Support: If the infant is breastfed, Kay can provide guidance and support to the mother, optimizing the breastfeeding technique. 

  4. Formula Selection and Preparation: When formula feeding is necessary, Kay can help select an appropriate formula based on the infant's needs, such as specialized formulas for those with allergies or digestive issues. She will also provide instructions on proper formula preparation, feeding techniques, and appropriate feeding schedules.

  5. Feeding Strategies and Techniques: Kay provides practical strategies and techniques to improve feeding interactions between caregivers and the child. 

  6. Monitoring and Growth Tracking: Kay will closely monitor the child's growth and weight gain to assess the effectiveness of the nutrition plan. She will track growth parameters, such as weight, length, and head circumference, and make adjustments to the meal plan as needed.

  7. Collaboration with Healthcare Team: Kay will work collaboratively with your healthcare team, to ensure comprehensive care for your child. 

Green Goodness

FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT

Kay can help identify the specific foods causing allergic reactions by conducting a thorough assessment of symptoms and reviewing medical history. She can guide you through an elimination diet to pinpoint your child's allergens accurately.  Once the allergens are identified, Kay can help you identify and eliminate the offending foods while ensuring proper nutrition. She will help you find suitable alternatives and educate you about reading food labels to identify hidden allergens and potential cross-contamination risks.  She will ensure that you have the knowledge you need to provide your child with  the essential nutrients their body needs while avoiding food allergens.

On the Scales

TUBE FEEDING MANAGEMENT

Kay can also provide expertise and support to ensure optimal nutrition and overall well-being for children who require tube feeding.  She will assess your child's nutritional requirements based on their medical condition, age, weight, activity level, and other factors.  Then, she will help select the most appropriate tube feeding formula based on the individual's medical condition, digestive capacity, and nutrient requirements.  Kay can provide guidance on proper tube care, flushing protocols, and troubleshooting common issues to minimize the risk of complications.  She will track growth or weight trends, assess hydration status, and evaluate any signs of malnutrition or nutrient deficiencies, making necessary adjustments to the feeding plan as needed.

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