Children’s / Paediatric Nutrition
We have dietitians specialised in the management of food intolerance and food allergies in children. It can be difficult identifying whether a child has a food allergy or an intolerance particularly given medical testing and investigations are challenging and often unreliable in this age group. Ensuring a child has suitable nutritional intake during any dietary elimination trial is crucial to ensure growth and development are not impacted on.
Differentiating between a food allergy and an intolerance can be challenging. Allergy testing done under the guidance of an allergist can only determine an immune response reaction (IgE-mediated allergy) and therefore negative allergy tests may not necessarily mean there is no food intolerance present. Our dietitians can determine whether a food intolerance might exist through elimination dietary trials and determine your child’s threshold to these foods with food challenges. It is important that any elimination diet is done under the guide of a dietitian to ensure there are no nutrient deficiencies during food restriction (e.g. calcium with a dairy allergy). If your child has a diagnosed food allergy (through positive allergy tests) then our dietitians can ensure their diet is nutritionally adequate and can provide you strategies on avoiding allergens to limit the risk of accidental exposure. Our dietitians also have expertise with coeliac disease and eosinophilic oesophagitis.
It is possible to have an intolerance to nearly any food. Our dietitians can guide you and your child through the food intolerance maze providing you with tips to successfully completing dietary elimination trials and provide your child with individualised food challenges. We have expertise in undertaking low FODMAP and low chemical elimination diets.