Why You Should Work With A Pediatric Dietitian

This blog post will help you better understand how your family benefits from working with a pediatric dietitian.

Dietitians are the food and nutrition experts. Our goal is to equip parents with the skills and confidence to feed their families.

A dietitian can help to assess if a child is getting adequate nutrition to meet their growing needs. First, we closely assess the foods and nutrient intake. After this assessment, our dietitian helps parents and caregivers troubleshoot any feeding issues and can contact the child’s physician for any referral recommendations to aid in resolving those feeding issues. In addition to monitoring height and weight, a dietitian can also complete a physical exam including assessing body temperature, fat, muscle, extremity measurements, etc.

Concerns a pediatric dietitian can help with:

  • Feeding difficulties and disorders
  • Weight concerns
  • Failure to thrive
  • Picky eating
  • Food allergies
  • Undernutrition
  • Establishing principles such as All Foods Fit and Health at Every Size
  • Fostering positive body image
  • Division of Responsibility in feeding

Our approach to nutrition is to promote an environment where all foods fit and help kids learn to eat any food without pressure or guilt. We work with families to learn to be responsive in feeding, help children gain eating competence and foster a healthy, positive relationship with food.

Kayla Dahl, our Pediatric Registered Dietitian, has a passion for helping children and their families build a healthy relationship with food. Being a mom of two allows Kayla to empathize with parents through feeding challenges, while also utilizing her hands-on experience of feeding her own kids. Kayla is currently working towards becoming a Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition.

Interested in getting scheduled with Kayla for support in feeding your family? Reach out to us via our contact form or at info@hsvnutritioncollective.com. You can also call us at 256-224-1665.

We’re Huntsville Nutrition Collective, North Alabama’s Nutrition Experts. We’re a multi-speciality group of Registered Dietitians using a non-diet, weight inclusive approach to nutrition concerns.

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