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 or from the comfort of your own home as a virtual online consultation.
5 THINGS A REGISTERED 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 specialised 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 healthy 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 guide you 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 dietary 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 other 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 takes 60 minutes. Review dietetic consultations, if needed usually take 30 minutes. Initial consultations in your home take 90 minutes and review meetings take 45 minutes.
How much does this cost?
Initial Consultations: 60 minutes assessment followed by written personalised report and recommendations.
The Children’s Clinic: €120
Online Consultation: €100
Home Consultations: From €180, depending on location.
Review Consultations: A 30-minute consultation costs €80
Caroline O’Connor is a registered dietitian and is therefore recognised by health insurers so expenses 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 minimal knowledge and may give unsafe information 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 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 current public health and scientific research on food, health and disease and translate this into practical advice.
How do online consultations work?
Online consultations work in the same way as face-to-face consultations but from the comfort of your own home. We use Zoom, a free app you can download on your tablet, phone or laptop to watch, speak and share documents.
Learn more about Caroline O’Connor, our registered dietitian in Cork and founder of Solid Start.