Nutrition Counseling Services
Clinical Nutrition Evaluations and Treatment
Nutrition is a critical component to therapy for young children with chronic diseases and medical conditions. A pediatric registered dietitian is a licensed health professional who specializes in the nutritional care of children and understands their specific nutritional needs. The pediatric nutrition team at Play Works provides individual counseling to assess each child's nutritional needs, develop the most appropriate plan of nutritional support, and monitor nutritional status to ensure an optimal outcome.
If you or your healthcare provider has identified any of the following in your child, you may benefit from a nutritional counseling session:
- Not following growth curve
- Inadequate weight gain
- Weight loss
- Above the 95th percentile for weight or BMI
- Food aversion or rejection
- Unable to begin complementary feeding at 6 months of age
- Unable to breastfeed
- Food allergies
- Diarrhea or vomiting with food intake
- Requires supplemental feeding (ie. Total Parenteral Nutrition or tube feeding)
The goal of nutritional counseling will be to identify and evaluate your child's nutritional needs, specific to your child, based on height, weight, age, and biochemical makeup. Once evaluated, nutritional problems and areas for improvement will be identified. A nutrition plan will be made for your child taking into account the manner in which your child will be consuming their nutrients, whether orally or through tube feeding or a combination of the two. Calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals will be determined based on your child's specific needs to thrive and develop appropriate for their age.
In addition, group nutritional education workshops will be offered at least once monthly. These Well Child/Nino Sano nutritional clinics will cover topics including, but not limited to; breastfeeding and nutrition for mom, complementary feeding for infants 6 months to 1 year of age, toddler nutrition for children 1-3 years of age, healthy mealtime habits and nutrition for preschoolers 3-5 years of age, gastrostomy tube care and home tube feeding, food allergies, and childhood obesity. You will also have the opportunity to receive a brief nutritional evaluation of your child at these clinics.