Consult a Dietitian
Consult a Cork-based dietitian
If you are worried about your baby’s feeding or your child’s diet then arrange a consultation with our Cork-based registered dietitian, Caroline O’Connor RD. This appointment can be at your home or in The Children’s Clinic, Model Farm Rd, Cork.
5 THINGS A DIETITIAN CAN DO FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD (THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW!)
When you think of a dietitian, you might think of healthy eating and weight loss. However, dietitians are trained to manage many more areas of health than that! Children’s nutrition is highly specialized since babies and children are growing and developing all the time. Also, some problems are specific to infants and children and require unique nutritional management. Do you know what a paediatric dietitian can do for you and your family?
HELP WITH BREASTFEEDING
Dietitians can help breastfeeding mothers who may need to make changes to their diet, if their baby is showing signs of food allergy. We can also give you reassurance and guidance on your baby’s growth and what are normal growth and feeding patterns for a breastfed baby.
HELP DIAGNOSE AND MANAGE FOOD ALLERGIES
Food allergies affect about 5-6% of children. A dietitian can guide you through eliminating foods (or choosing the correct formula) that might be causing symptoms of a food allergy, provide a nutritionally-complete plan and advise on allergen avoidance.
PROVIDE FEEDING SOLUTIONS TO DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS
Often, digestive issues can be improved by making changes to your child’s diet. A dietitian can make nutrition recommendations to help with reflux, diarrhoea and constipation. Dietitians are also trained to manage conditions such as coeliac disease and IBS.
HELP WITH WEANING
We can provide guidance on the right time to start solids and the best approaches, to ensure your baby grows up with healthy food preferences and develops to their full potential. We do this either in our Baby Weaning Classes or through family-based consultations.
MANAGE FUSSY EATING
Three out of four parents struggle with fussy kids at some point. A dietitian can offer parents helpful feeding strategies to encourage less stressful mealtimes, more adventurous eating and more positive feeding relationships. We also work with parents to identify nutritional gaps in children’s diets and how to best go about meeting their unique nutritional needs. Again, we either do this in our Fussy Eating class or through family-based consultations.
If you or your child’s GP, paediatrician or another health professional have concerns related to your child’s nutrition, growth, or feeding abilities, contact our registered children’s Cork-based dietitian, Caroline O’Connor
How long does a consultation take?
An initial consultation in The Children’s Clinic takes 60 minutes. Review dietetic consultations, if needed usually take 30 minutes. Initial consultations in your home take 90 minutes and review consultations take 45 minutes.
How much does this cost?
An initial consultation at The Children’s Clinic costs €120, this includes assessment and a personalised written plan. Follow up appointments if needed are €80. Caroline O’Connor, our Cork-based dietitian, is recognised by health insurers so costs are reimbursable by most health insurers or can be claimed for on your Med 1 Form.
What is the difference between a dietitian, nutritionist or nutritional therapist?
Choosing the right person to get help and advice from can be confusing. Many people claim to be nutrition and feeding experts yet have very limited knowledge and may give unsafe advice to you and your child. Anybody can tell themselves a Nutritionist, a Nutritional Therapist, Clinical Nutritionist or a Diet Expert. They are not allowed by law to call themselves dietitians.
The title ‘Dietitian’ is a legally protected in Ireland. This means that only people who are registered with CORU can use this title. Dietitians registered with CORU meet the highest standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence.
Dietitians are also nutritionists but nutritionists are not dietitians!
Therefore, dietitians are the only nutrition professionals regulated by law. Registered Dietitians (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems. Dietitians work with both healthy and sick people. They use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease and translate this into practical advise.
Learn more about Caroline O’Connor, our registered dietitian in Cork and founder of Solid Start.