Nutrition consultation at Carolina Pediatric Therapy can consist of evaluation and treatment of nutrition concerns, and includes counseling related to feeding difficulties, weight or growth concerns, food intolerances and disordered eating. Consultation is provided through our Licensed and Registered Dietitians.
We’ll work with your child’s physician, the speech therapist and/or the occupational therapist to get to the root of the difficulty. Whether it’s caused by GI upset, an allergic reaction, difficulty swallowing or issues with texture we will help resolve the underlying problem and support you in providing adequate nutrition in the meantime.
Overweight or Underweight
Whether you’ve been told by your child’s physician or you just have a nagging fear that your child is struggling with his weight, we will help determine if a problem truly exists by examining growth charts and obtaining a thorough history. We will provide you the information you need to support your child in having a healthy relationship with food in the body that’s right for him.
Chronic Medical Conditions or Allergies
We will work in conjunction with your child’s physician to help you meet your child’s nutrition needs to support optimum growth.
We will help you provide structure around meals and snacks so your child has the confidence to sneak up on new foods and expand her variety at a pace that is comfortable for her. We will collaborate with occupational therapy or behavioral therapy when needed to provide the most appropriate support.
We will work closely with your child’s therapist and physician to support you in a family-centered care model. We will give you the tools to provide meals and snacks with adequate nutrition in a structured environment.
Supporting Young Athletes
We can help you understand how to fuel the body of a young athlete and how much nutrition is needed to support optimum performance.
Raising a Healthy Eater
If you’re just starting out we can provide you with the knowledge and tools to raise a child who has a healthy relationship with food, including when and what foods to offer when to start solid foods, how to manage family meals, and how to navigate some of the pitfalls of feeding a child.
Before your child’s first appointment, we will send you a feeding and diet history questionnaire. The questionnaire will help us to understand your child’s meal and eating routines. Once we identify areas to work on and set goals, you will go home with an action plan.
We look forward to serving you, your child, and your family!