Sharing meals as a family can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of parenting, but also one of the most challenging.
Supporting your child to grow up with a healthy relationship with food can be difficult, particularly if you yourself struggle with this.
Interpreting the latest food labelling information, dealing with fussy eating, fitting in cooking and meal planning around a busy family life can all lead to feelings of anxiety and tension or conflict at mealtimes.
Meeting with a dietitian could provide you with:
- Reassurance as to whether your child’s diet is meeting their nutritional needs
- Support to implement good mealtime routines and boundaries
- Support with what foods to provide to your child and when
- Tried and tested techniques for supporting your child to increase the range of foods or textures they include in their diet. This can include food chaining, sensory work, reinforcement methods etc. Every child will have different reasons behind their problems with foods and any intervention needs to consider these and respond to meet the individual needs of your child
- Tools for dealing with emotional eating, overeating and food refusal
If additional clinical concerns are raised then we can discuss where to go for further advice and support to ensure your child gets clinical support early, before feeding difficulties become well established, as this makes them harder to treat.
If you are concerned that your own issues with food might be impacting on your child then it is incredibly helpful to discuss how this can be addressed and you can be supported with this. Remember you are your child’s role model!