Infants and Toddlers

Reflux, constipation, food allergies, introducing solids…as your baby’s digestive system is developing little ones often have lots of dietary sensitivities.

Being a new mum is stressful enough without every meal being a battle ground. These are just some of the dining room duels that new mums have to deal with:

  • One in two children are fussy eaters
  • One in five toddlers have food allergies
  • Only 5% of Australian children meet the intake for fruit and vegetables
  • One in five toddlers are overweight or obese
  • Constipation is the principal complaint in 5% of paediatric consultations
  • Eating behaviours established in childhood may carry on into adulthood. Focus on eating behaviours now.

 

Yet, dietary intake is one of the strongest predictors of your little one’s lifetime health.

Introduction of Solids

It’s recommended that you begin the introduction of solids to your baby between 4-6 months of age. Your baby should indicate when they’re ready for solids.

An indication your baby is ready include:

  • Watching you eat
  • Reaching out for your food
  • Opening their mouth when you give them a spoon
  • Sitting upright unsupported

Introducing solids at this time helps to:

  • develop their immune system
  • provide additional nutrition that they require for growth and development
  • experiment with different tastes and textures
  • practice mouth and jaw movements that will later aid in language development.

How We Can Help

Dietary issues for your little one, from fussy eating to food allergies, can cause many tears and additional stresses for you as a parent. You don’t need to put up with the dining room tears. A Nutrition Plus dietician can:

  • diagnose food allergies and intolerances
  • educate you on how to deal with fussy eaters
  • optimise your child’s nutrition for optimal growth and development
  • treat digestive issues such as diarrhoea and constipation
  • help your child maintain a healthy weight
  • optimise your little one’s dietary intake to boost their learning
  • advise on diet-related medical issues such as ADHD, asthma and Coeliac disease.

During your consultation, we will begin by gathering a detailed history of your child’s medical, growth and dietary progress. We recognise that each child is different and there is no one-size-fits all approach to managing their individual dietary issues.

Together, we will style an approach to eating for your child to help:

  • Reduce their symptoms
  • Meet their nutrition requirements
  • Optimise their developmental needs
  • Enjoy stress-free mealtimes once again

We want to help you and your family thrive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nuts are a common food allergy and has led to many parents now avoiding feeding them to their children. Unless your child has a diagnosed nut allergy, it’s essential to introduce nuts earlier rather than later to encourage and help them build up their tolerance and immunity against them. Nuts can be a choking hazard so use a peanut paste or nut butter while they are young.

It’s recommended that you talk with a dietitian to ensure that your baby is meeting all of their nutrient requirements. For example, iron stores decrease as your baby develops and consequently breastmilk or formula no longer provide adequate amounts. To help your baby to meet their iron requirements and other essential nutrients, their diet should contain protein alternatives such as tofu and legumes and vitamin C from foods like broccoli or potato to assist with the absorption of iron and supplemental breast milk or formula.

Dietary changes can help improve ADHD in many cases. Increasing healthy brain fats whilst avoiding sugars, refined carbohydrates and food chemicals can go a long way in improving your child’s levels of stress and reduction in ADHD symptoms.

A baby’s bowel movements are different in colours, sizes and may change frequently. Constipation is defined as difficulty, delay, or pain upon defecation. If your baby is straining yet the poo is soft, it’s not constipation. Also note that it’s normal for your baby not to poo daily. Babies who are constipated poo less than three times per week.

Perhaps. Babies do need plenty of fat to aid in their growth and development, but too much can increase their risk of having lifetime weight issues. Your dietitian, paediatrician or maternal health nurse will use growth charts to advise you how your child’s weight is tracking as they grow.

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