What is a Pediatric Dietitian? A pediatric dietitian/nutritionist is a registered and licensed dietitian who specializes in the nutrition of children from infancy through adolescence. A pediatric RD recognizes the vital role of good nutrition in growth and development at all ages and stages. Proper nutrition early on can have a lifetime impact on your child’s health. The first year of life is when humans grow the fastest. Most babies double their birth weight by 5-6 months and triple it by one year. This emphasizes the important role nutrition plays at this stage of life.
However, there are several reasons why a child’s growth may be impacted. Whether it is a complex medical issue, or other feeding difficulty TEIS can support a family through a nutrition assessment and intervention to assist with overall growth and development. A TEIS therapist will work within the family’s eating environment paying attention to environmental, cultural and medical issues to develop a feeding plan that is valuable to your family. Whether your child is receiving a tube feeding, on a specialized formula or eating a wide variety of foods we can assess the nutrients to ensure it is adequate to promote this positive growth and lead your child to healthy habits for life. All children are unique; it is important that someone get to know your child and his/her family environment to help you make the best choices for your family. As a parent, grandparent or caregiver you can help raise healthy eaters during these critical years.