PEDIATRIC (<12 YEARS)

PEDIATRIC (< 12 YEARS)

Pediatric (Infant/Adolescent Nutrition):

Childhood obesity is a “growing” public health problem. It results from an unhealthy lifestyle & in some cases due to medical conditions. Somewhere between 6-8 % of school children in India are obese.

Obesity and diabetes during pregnancy sets the stage for your child’s future risk for obesity and other diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding protects your baby against obesity. Formula fed babies tend to be overweight.

If your child seems to be moving out of the normal percentiles as per the growth chart, immediate action needs to be taken. Most parents are not aware that their child is overweight.

Risk assessment:

Heart disease begins in childhood. Overweight children are in need of cholesterol screening regardless of family history or other risk factors.

Given the current epidemic of childhood obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in older children, screening with a fasting lipid profile remains a targeted approach by The American Academy of Pediatrics. The American Diabetes Association recommends screening for type 2 diabetes beginning at 10 years of age or the onset of puberty in children who are overweight or obese and have two additional risk factors.

Concerns of early childhood and adolescence:

  • Adiposity rebound and obesity
  • Excessive screen time and exposure through social media
  • Fussy eating
  • Protein and micronutrient deficiencies
  • Allergies
  • Body image issues
  • Acne, menarche, body composition changes at puberty
  • Psychological issues
  • Inadequate sleep

We believe in starting early and our youngest client is 6 months old who was introduced to the right solids while weaning off breast milk.

Nutrition

Assessment

Diet plan

Follow ups

Continuous support

After conducting the nutritional assessment, a customised diet is planned based on:

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The kind of food prepared at home
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The child’s schedule
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Medical conditions eg Type 1 diabetes, children with special needs like down’s syndrome, ADHD
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Allergies/food intolerances if any
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Favourite foods
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Healthy recipes/substitutes for junk food
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School menu
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Sports performance requirements for children competing in sports
Training

Pre exercise evaluation

1-on-1 Online Training or Online Group Class (Conducted by an experienced physiotherapist)

Exercise

Current physical activity recommendations for those ages 6 through 17 years of age are 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day with the majority at a moderate or vigorous aerobic intensity. Adolescents should engage in vigorous intensity activity at least 3 days per week and include muscle strengthening and bone strengthening activity on at least 3 days per week. Our specialised team of exercise consultants will prescribe age and sport specific exercise guidelines after an evaluation.

Psychology

Conducted online by a Clinical Psychologist

Parent Counselling

Mental Health

Counselling parents is key. Our team of psychologists can help bridge the gap between parent and child and ease the flow of communication if any. Identifying and addressing mental health issues are crucial in this period. Overweight children as young as 7 years are battling depression. Mental health issues can lead to disordered eating and weight gain.

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