Dietary/Nutrition Guidance Specialist

Seashore Pediatrics

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Wall Township, NJ

It can be hard for parents to keep up with their child’s nutritional needs over the years, not to mention problems like picky eaters, what to do when their child is sick, or how to provide diets for special needs. Catherine Meli, MD, and Naheed Rahmet, MD, at Seashore Pediatrics are available to provide dietary and nutrition guidance to parents, whether they face a temporary challenge in their child’s eating habits or a lifetime of preparing special foods. To schedule a dietary and nutritional consultation, call the office in Wall Township, New Jersey, or book an appointment online.

Dietary/Nutrition Guidance Q & A

Why is dietary and nutritional guidance important at a young age?

When it comes to diet and nutrition, one of the first decisions you’ll face is whether to breastfeed, bottle feed, or both.

Your breast milk contains hormones and antibodies that protect your baby from illness. Studies show that breastfed babies have a lower risk of developing common problems like ear infections, respiratory infections, Type 2 diabetes, and asthma.

Breast milk is also easy for your baby to digest and provides all the nutrition they need.

There’s no need to worry, however, if you choose not to breastfeed or you can’t breastfeed. Commercial formulas provide adequate nutrition for your baby.

The doctors at Seashore Pediatrics can instruct you on breastfeeding, offer guidance about which of the many formulas are best for your baby, and provide help should you encounter problems with feeding your baby.

How can dietary and nutritional guidance help?

Parents face a lot of diet and food challenges at different stages of their child’s development. For example, it’s hard to deal with a toddler who’s determined to exert their independence by controlling their own diet.

And toddlers are just the first of many dietary challenges you’ll face. For example, older kids may refuse to eat healthy foods and teens may seem to exist on sugary sodas.

Finding ways to keep them healthy and maintain parental control while encouraging their independence may be easier with experienced advice from the physicians at Seashore Pediatrics.

You may also need help learning about portion sizes for kids, whether they need snacks, when they’ve had enough to eat (even though they’re asking for more), and how to put together a meal plan that provides all the nutrients they need.

Many parents also have questions about whether their children should take supplements and, if so, which ones. The team at Seashore Pediatrics can help you out with all these issues and more when you schedule a dietary and nutritional guidance appointment.

What nutritional disorders occur in children?

The team at Seashore Pediatrics offers dietary and nutrition guidance for children who develop nutritional disorders or deficiencies. They’ll also help parents develop diets for children who have an illness or a disability that benefits from a special diet, such as diabetes, food allergies, autism, and ADD/ADHD.

Children can develop a variety of nutritional disorders, such as:

  • Carbohydrate malabsorption
  • Disorders of protein digestion or absorption
  • Disorders of vitamin absorption
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Overweight and obesity

Parents who are concerned about their child’s nutritional status or who face dietary challenges can receive the guidance they need by calling Seashore Pediatrics or booking an appointment online.