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To meet the necessities of growth, children have higher energy and nutrient requirements for their body size compared to adults. It is important that they consume food that will provide adequate energy and nutrients for their needs. 

To meet the necessities of growth, children have higher energy and nutrient requirements for their body size compared to adults. It is important that they consume food that will provide adequate energy and nutrients for their needs.

When you’ve got a fussy eater to deal with, it’s easy to get into different battles, and you may feel frustrated when your little one simply refuses to eat certain foods. Rest assured, most children go through a phase of fussy eating so you are not alone! The way that we deal with the situation impacts our toddlers eating habits. Around 90% of children go through at least one phase of fussy eating. 
A dietitian will help you so that you can see positive results!

Growth faltering is usually caused by undernutrition and tends to be multifactorial and may be due to dietary deficiencies or insufficient feeding.
Having an infant that is experiencing reflux (excessive vomiting) may be an extremely stressful period to go through. Often due to the reflux, an infant may not entirely be meeting all their nutritional requirements, whether being breast fed or formula fed. Therefor it is important that an assessment is to be done , to ensure that there is adequate growth and nutrient absorption.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD , following an ADHD nutrition plan rich in protein and vitamins can help control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. If you suspect a food sensitivity may be contributing to your child’s ADHD symptoms, it is necessary to seek help from a registered paediatric dietitian.

  • Autism

Children with autism , experience severe sensory sensitivities when it comes to eating. This could range from smell, texture, appearance and taste. Often children with autism are extremely selective eaters, and therefore making sure you have the necessary tools and techniques when it comes to feeding as well as ensuring that they are still meeting their nutritional requirements and growth is important. 

Children often suffer from constipation, due to various factors, which include infant formulas , low fibre intake, sedentary behaviour and not using the toilet at school to name a few . Diet can have a direct influence on constipation , and can relieve constipation entirely. Chronic use of laxatives is not recommended and a dietary approach is the first line treatment when it comes to constipation in children.

Coeliac disease (CD) is an autoimmune reaction to gluten, leading to intestinal inflammation, villous atrophy, and malabsorption. A multi-disciplinary approach is needed, in which after the diagnosis of ceoliac disease and specific tests are done, a strict lifelong gluten free diet is needed. In the UK , those that have a confirmed diagnosis are allowed specific gluten free products prescribed. Furthermore , those that are on a gluten free diet are often at risk of certain nutritional deficiencies. Therefore it is of utmost importance to seek help from Paediatric dietitian to minimise risk of deficiency and ensure adequate growth as well as education and knowledge by following the correct diet. Accidental exposure to gluten can aggravate symptoms and be detrimental to health. Our Paediatric Dietitian , will be able to give you clear guidelines in which foods you should be having in order to minimise nutritional deficiencies.

The most common causes of iron deficiency in children include insufficient intake of adequate iron rich food sources together with rapid growth, low birth weight and gastrointestinal losses. Certain food combinations can enhance and inhibit iron absorption directly. Iron deficiency anaemia is first confirmed through a blood test, supplementation may be necessary as well as dietary adjustments.

Cows milk protein allergy

Cows milk protein allergy is increasing in the United Kingdom. There are two forms of cows milk protein allergy ; IgE (which is immediate reaction after exposure) and Non IgE (delayed reaction after exposure). Depending on the type of cows milk protein allergy, which will be discussed during the consultation , the treatment and steps differ. Children may outgrow a mild cows milk protein allergy , however those with severe allergies, will need elimination of cows milk protein from their diet. This puts them at risk of calcium , vitamin D and iron deficiencies , therefore adequate assessment is necessary. A specialised prescription formula is necessary when there is a cows milk protein allergy in infants.

There is often confusion when it comes to introducing solid foods, and at what age. Ensuring your child is meeting all of their nutritional requirements is important and therefore receiving adequate guidance when it comes to what type of foods and in what quantities is vital to ensure adequate growth and development, and if any supplementation is necessary.

Infant who are born premature , may need a specialised high energy formulas/ breast milk fortification as they have increased nutritional requirements to allow for catch up growth. Therefore careful consideration and guidelines have to be followed when following nutritional guidelines for infants.

Overweight and obesity is increasing in childhood. This poses children to increase risk factors later in life such as diabetes , cardiovascular disease , asthma and respiratory problems. Eating a healthy balanced diet during childhood is of utmost importance to prevent any diseases of lifestyle later on in life

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