Laura is our specialist paediatric dietitian. She has extensive paediatric experience, working full-time at Monash Children’s Hospital. She is able assist in the management of paediatric food intolerance, IBS, and food allergies. Laura also works with parents to provide strategies and advice for fussy eating, weight management, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and growth concerns.
Laura is highly experienced in delivering the low FODMAP diet. She can provide you with meal and snack suggestions as well as individualised and structured food challenges for your child.
If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, Laura can work with you to provide advice on avoiding all necessary allergens whilst ensuring your child’s diet is nutritionally adequate. It is critical that children undergoing any trial elimination diet have guidance from a paediatric dietitian who can ensure the child has suitable nutritional intake for appropriate growth and development and to avoid any deficiencies.
FOOD CHEMICAL INTOLERANCE
Foods contain many natural chemicals that can cause problems in sensitive people. Chemicals that typically cause problems in people are salicylates, amines and glutamates. Laura is familiar with the Royal Prince Alfred Elimination diet and can guide you or your child through this process whilst still ensuring nutritional adequacy.
Fussy eating is one of the biggest concerns we hear from parents – “my child won’t eat meat” or “my child won’t eat green vegetables” are very real and common concerns. It can cause all sorts of mealtime battles that disrupt family harmony, and can create tension within and between family relationships. Laura can work with you to provide strategies and advice that fits into your family lifestyle with the aim of making mealtimes enjoyable again for all, whilst ensuring nutritional adequacy of your child’s diet.
Growth charts are often a cause of concern for parents who might think their child is not growing ‘normally’. Laura has experience in interpreting these charts so if you have any concerns about your child’s growth please don’t hesitate to contact us. If there are any concerns our dietitian can provide strategies to increase dietary intake.
VITAMIN AND MINERAL DEFICIENCY
There are some circumstances in which children are at higher risk of developing vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies. These include children following vegetarian or vegan diets, children with gastrointestinal issues affecting nutrient absorption, fussy eaters, and children on elimination diets. We can ensure your child’s nutritional needs are met with whole foods where possible.
Discussing weight concerns is a delicate topic that must be approached sensitively. Laura approaches these concerns with compassion and empathy, in a non-judgemental way. Research shows that family-centred goals are the most effective in changing children’s attitudes and behaviours towards eating, and this is therefore one of the main areas our dietitian will work with you on.
Please note: 24 hours notice is required for cancellations to make it fair on all our clients and our practitioners. If this is not adhered to, 50% of your appointment cost will be issued. For non attendance without prior notification, a fee equal to the appointment costs will be issued. We understand that in exceptional circumstances it may not always be possible to let us know, and we are happy to make exceptions at such times at our discretion.