Pediatric and Adolescent Nutrition
Children, from infancy to their teenage years, and their families face many nutrition related challenges that require the guidance of a dietitian. Our pediatric specialists listen to their clients’ concerns and with empathy provide the tools and strategies to address their needs.
Depending upon the family make up and age of its members, we can work with a family as a whole or break out and work individually with the child or parents. In many cases, children are more open to the advice and encouragement from a professional outside the family unit. Just as frequently, we are eager to work with parents and other caregivers to affect change in the child’s food and eating issues as presented.
Our pediatric nutritionists present nutrition wellness programs in both the public and private NYC schools. We aid in the development of the nutrition curriculum for health classes as well as the creation of healthy menus for school and camp cafeterias.
GI Disorders: We treat Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Constipation and Celiac Disease as well as gluten sensitivity.
Failure to Thrive: For those whose current weight or rate of weight gain is significantly lower than that of other children of similar age and gender.
Food Allergies: Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by the body’s immune system. We assess the nutritional adequacy of the child’s diet, devise a meal plan to meet nutrient needs and educate the family how to safely navigate the child’s food environment.
Picky/Selective Eaters: We develop a plan working closely with the parents/caregiver (s) to engage in the process of building on the child’s food repertoire.
Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Overeating
Weight Management: We provide meal planning for weight gain and nutritional restoration, weight loss and weight maintenance.
Diabetes: We treat Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
Epilepsy: We provide meal planning using a Modified Atkins Diet (MAD) for uncontrolled seizure disorder. We will collaborate with the child’s neurologist.
PDD/Autism; Down’s Syndrome; ADHD/ADD; Sensory issues: We help our clients determine dietary approaches that may be helpful for their child.
Camp and School Lunch guidance: We work with camps and schools to establish nutritious menus and portion sizes for their campers and students.