Money, time and cooking talent do not ensure nutrition-rich food for your kids. This nutrition challenge magnifies when the kid is not feeling well. Parents become flustered unable to decide on the correct approach to provide the best care for their child’s growth and development. Be positive. You can handle this situation well and create a condition such that your child thrives even in the most serious health condition.
One Plan Multiple Benefits?
Every child is choosy about his/her food and this is applicable for children with chronic diseases too. The extent of nutrition care needed depends on various factors such as the child’s health condition, age, gender, treatment plans, activity levels and many other factors as well. But never follow suggestions given by your close friends or relatives regarding your child’s diet or dietary supplements from their personal experience as no single plan suits all children. For instance, some kids having cancer have trouble eating enough to remain on a healthy weight while some other children after cancer treatment are prone to become overweight or obese.
Medication Changes at Every Stage
Diseases of the digestive tract require different nutrition and medication needs at different stages of the disease. Let’s take the example of kids with cystic fibrosis. These children need digestive enzymes along with meals and snacks, but the quantity needed differs from case to case, and what worked for a kid in the past might need modifications as the child grows and food preferences change.
Get in Touch with an RDN
When children don’t consume sufficient amounts of food, it is better to address the issue immediately. This is because, even a small amount of weight loss or the absence of weight gain as expected can decrease growth and development of your child. Also, certain medications make the need of certain nutrients inevitable. In such situations, it is of utmost help to seek guidance of a registered dietitian nutritionist who can:
Spend Quality Time Together
Being confident about the nutrition choices and decisions taken as a team together is the best way to deal with the extra nutrition support that your child needs. Any doubts, fears or concerns should be brought to your RDN’s notice. Special feeding instructions, if needed, would be demonstrated by your RDN or health care provider.
Ensure that your child never feels left out. This can happen if the family spends time together only during dinner. Try to involve your family members in board games, take part in family rituals or spend family time in activities that do not involve food or meals.
AVOID FRAUD. EAT SMART.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.