TODDLER & CHILDHOOD NUTRITION (1-18yrs)

There are so many lifecycle changes and nutrition concerns for your child as they move through the toddler, preschool, school age and adolescent stages of life.  We want to make sure you have all the bases covered so they can move through them with the best possible nutrition to support growth and development.

IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA

You would be surprised how many children have some degree of iron deficiency.  Maybe they are a “milk baby/toddler” who is drinking too much milk with no iron and eating little to no solid foods.  Or they may be vegan or vegetarian and not receiving enough bioavailable iron.  They could also be a competitive female athlete who has begun menstruating and cannot keep up their iron stores.  Adequate iron is ESSENTIAL for your child’s brain and body growth and development. Let us help you build their stores back up to an optimal level, especially if you or your doctor feel they are showing signs and symptoms of iron deficiency, such as:

  • pale skin
  • fatigue
  • slowed growth and development
  • behaviour changes
  • abnormal rapid breathing
  • frequent infections
  • unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances like dirt, paint, paper

BEHAVIOUR & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES – AHDH, AUTISM, HYPERACTIVITY, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION

The food we offer our children, and what they put into their bodies can significantly affect their behaviour and cognitive abilities.  Society is learning more about the interconnection of diet, the gut bacteria, the brain and mood.  Given the fact that the brain and body are under their most significant growth period in childhood, good nutrition is critical for parents and children to have a firm grasp on.  If your child has been diagnosed with a behaviour condition or you feel you need some help and guidance for potential concerns and to ensure they are being adequately nourished, we are here.  We will assess your child and advise on areas such as (but not limited to):

  • Reducing simple sugars
  • Increasing good fats for brain healing
  • Reducing toxins such as food dyes, preservatives, nitrates and hidden food contaminants
  • Promoting healthy gut bacteria

FAILURE TO THRIVE (FTT)

Every childs growth rate is specific to them.  They are their own being and will follow their own growth curve, but sometimes there are factors that inhibit this growth.  If you have an infant, toddler or child that is experiencing FTT, let us help you in areas such as:

  • increasing the calorie concentration of fluids, formula or breastmilk
  • optimizing nutrients in smaller volumes if the amount of oral intake is a concern
  • recipe development
  • meal planning to help get your little one back to their growth potential.

FUSSY EATERS

Did you know that food jags and times of “picky eating” are all part of normal development for toddlers and children? Even so, we know that they can lead to  frustration and worry for parents and caregivers. Meet with us to learn more about these stages of development and strategies that will leave your whole family with stress-free meal times.

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Do you find making lunches overwhelming or monotonous? Come and see us for a personalized school lunch plan complete with recipes and grocery lists!