Adequate nutrition is essential in meeting the unique needs of infants and children to ensure growth, health and development. The dietary intake of babies and young children is entirely influenced by their parents or carers, therefore it is a vital time to introduce healthy eating habits that will set them up for life. There are various challenges associated with ensuring optimal intake in this age group, including: food allergy and intolerance, knowledge of appropriate foods to meet nutrient requirements, and managing picky eating at home and out and about. Everyday Eating specialises in nutrition in childhood and is qualified to:
- Assess the growth and nutritional intake of infants, children and adolescents and provide normal feeding skills and developmental stages
- Provide information on nutritional adequacy for individuals referring to the Australian Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) and explain the differences in requirements between children and adults
- Explain the benefits of breastfeeding and promote interactions for successful breastfeeding.
- Inform on the range of infant formulas available and associated considerations
- Explain best practice guidelines for successful introduction to solids including appropriate timing for individual infants, progression and type of foods
- Discuss eating patterns and influences on eating in toddler, childhood and adolescent age groups
- Educate and support parents in cases of undernutrition in infants and children including the assessment and management of growth faltering
- Assess overnutrition in children, describe management options for obesity in children and promote public health messages aimed to prevent and reduce childhood obesity
To make an appointment with an Everyday Eating Accredited Practising Dietitian, or for further information, please Contact us.