Pediatric Dietitians

What is a pediatric dietitian?

A pediatric dietitian is a registered dietitian (RD) who is a specialist in assessing the eating and feeding behaviors of infants, children, and adolescents.  A pediatric dietitian is an essential team member of a health care team due to the ability to integrate interpretation of childhood growth, the child’s environment, and developmentally –appropriate feeding behaviors as a means to understand the child.

The skills to understand pediatric growth and development come with years of clinical practice and working with many infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of eating and feeding issues.  Examples of these eating and feeding issues often include:

  • Growth concerns,
  • Premature birth,
  • Tube feeding,
  • Genetic disorders,
  • Respiratory issues,
  • Trauma,
  • Vomiting,
  • Difficulties with chewing or swallowing,
  • Picky eating or food aversions,
  • Constant battles around food.