Nutrition is an essential part of your child’s health and development. It’s not always easy to tell if your children are getting the proper nutrients they need, especially if eating disorders or other health conditions are present.
Providing nutrition education that encourages healthy eating habits is a big job – that’s why we have a pediatric nutritionist available at Children’s Health Care in Massachusetts. Our board-certified pediatric nutritionist, Sally Cargill Knapp, is dedicated to working with you to ensure your child’s proper nutrition at any age.
How Can a Nutritionist Help Kids Eat Well?
Getting kids to eat well is a struggle many parents face. Providing kids with proper nutrition, especially if they’re struggling with an eating disorder or other conditions, can be a huge task.
An experienced nutritionist helps to address these health issues as well as any home, school, and personal factors in your child’s eating habits. Using this information, a nutritionist can help provide the tools and tricks for better development and correction of eating habits not just for kids, but for the whole family.
An expert pediatric nutritionist provides services to address many healthy eating concerns and will create specialized daily treatment regimens. Some of these conditions include child diabetics (type 1 and type 2 diabetes), eating disorders, maternity health, and obesity.
Nutrition for Infants and Toddlers
Infants and toddlers need well-balanced nutrition to support healthy development and growth. During infancy, breastfeeding is good for babies and for moms because it supports immune system development and promotes a strong emotional bond. A pediatric nutritionist can help ensure that your baby is getting all the nutrients he or she needs. When they get to toddler stages, it can be much more difficult to find ways to get them to eat healthy. A nutritionist can provide helpful tips and tricks to do so.
Pre-K Through Teens
From the playground to the classroom, kids’ minds and bodies are hard at work learning, moving, and growing. For this reason, it is essential that your child receives the nutrition he or she needs to maintain normal growth and weight gain. When you consult with an expert in pediatric nutrition, it ensures that you and your child have all the right guidance and knowledge to support their growth.
The best thing that an on-site pediatric nutritionist offers is the education you and your family need to stay healthy, as well as realistic and practical goals and guides. With personalized meal plans, your pediatric nutritionist can make it easy to implement healthy food choices and make good nutrition a way of life.
We know safety and health is incredibly important to you as a parent, and we feel the same way. At Children’s Health Care, we’ll help you navigate your child’s various health care needs. Call us today to set up a consultation at (978) 465-7121 or (978) 388-9880 (Newburyport, lower and upper levels) or (978) 373-6557 (Haverhill). We look forward to providing your child the healthiest childhood possible.