Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Food and Nutrition Services Department offers nutritional consultations at our outpatient centers. Our goal is to maintain and improve your child’s nutritional health.
Personalized nutrition education and medical nutrition therapy is tailored to each athlete. Consultations include optimal nutrition plans for sports performance or injury recovery as well as overall "well child/well family" nutritional counseling.
What should I expect during my visit?
During your initial visit, the Registered Dietitian (RD) will attentively listen about your child’s eating habits, food preferences, family dynamics and dietary restrictions. The RD will obtain an eating history, body measurements and will review medical information from the child’s primary physician.
During this visit the Registered Dietitian (RD) will provide you with specific information and may also use some materials such as measuring cups, food models or food label reading to demonstrate you and your child important concepts related to nutrition.
As part of the consultation, the RD will also use creative strategies to help with meal planning, grocery shopping, food journaling and mindful eating. She/he will also be able to suggest some reliable websites, social media channels and apps that can be used as tools to help you reach your child’s nutrition and health goals.
After learning about your child’s health history, favorite foods, eating and exercise habits, and some of the family dynamics, the dietitian will help you as a family set goals and prioritize. Therefore the patient and family will work together with the RD to develop a safe, effective and individualized nutrition plan that will suit your child’s specific needs.
Follow-up visits will focus on maintenance and monitoring of the progress your child has made. Keep in mind that every follow up visit is a new opportunity to review or learn new things regarding your child’s health and nutrition.
Initial appointments last about an hour, and follow-up visits can be scheduled to monitor progress and adjust treatment plans, this typically last a little less than the initial appointment.
Counseling is available in English and Spanish. Our services require a referral from a pediatrician.