What is a Paediatric Dietitian?
Dietitians are specialists in the area of nutrition. Paediatric dietitians have university qualifications in diet and disease, with additional qualifications in paediatrics. They assess dietary intake and provide information about normal nutritional needs for growth and development in children and adolescents. They also provide education about modifications that may be required for special diets and concerns about weight. Dietitians work in collaboration with paediatricians, general medical practitioners and mental health clinicians when indicated.
COMMON ISSUES THAT PAEDIATRIC DIETITIANS PROVIDE ADVICE FOR INCLUDE:
- Eating disorders and disordered eating
- Weight concerns (underweight or overweight)
- Assessment and education for nutritional adequacy of dietary intake
- Vegetarian eating (assessment and education)
- Concerns with body image and nutrition
- Gastrointestinal issues (Coeliac disease, food intolerances and education about low FODMAP diets)
- Fussy eating (including in Autism Spectrum Disorder)