Nutrition Q & A In Fort Wayne, IN
How does nutrition affect my child's health?
Food choices can have a significant impact on your child's overall health. Whether your child is a newborn or a teenager, nutrition plays an important role in their mental and physical development. Many parents struggle with different aspects of their child's nutritional needs, such as:
- When to start a baby on solid foods
- The appropriate calories for a child's age
- How to spot unhealthy eating behaviors
The pediatricians at Pediatric Associates, Inc. have extensive experience helping parents manage their child's diet throughout the various stages of development. If you have questions or concerns about your child's nutrition, the team is there to provide you with the support and information you need.
How do I avoid nutrition problems with my child?
Both malnutrition and overnutrition are issues that parents can help their child avoid. In the United States, one in three children are overweight or obese. There are many steps you can take to help your child establish healthy eating habits, including:
- Providing a variety of fruits and vegetables
- Limiting sugary snacks and beverages
- Providing low-fat or non-fat dairy products
- Encouraging your child to drink plenty of water
- Selecting lean protein sources
If your child suffers from a nutrition problem, the team can provide you with the tools you need to improve your child's health.
What should I expect during my nutrition visit?
Pediatric Associates, Inc. is committed to keeping your child happy and healthy. During your appointment, your doctor provides individualized nutrition counseling. You and your doctor discuss your child's diet and any concerns you have about their nutritional needs.
Your doctor gives you age-specific dietary information, as well as advice for handling issues like fussy eaters or food allergies.
The goal of a nutrition visit is to equip each parent with the tools they need to manage their child's health and nutrition better. If your child's nutritional needs require more focused attention, the team also provides referrals to pediatric dieticians.