By: Karyn Wulf MD, MPH, Pediatric Medical Director at Abbott.
When it comes to assessing childhood nutrition, it can be more complex than simply making sure your kid eats his or her vegetables. Key outcomes of good childhood nutrition aren’t just linear growth or weight gain, but also includes organ and brain development. Nutritional limitation in any of those areas may cause long-term problems with optimal growth and development. That’s why primary care physicians should consider a team approach when treating kids who are falling behind on growth.
Dietitians, psychologists and parents can each play important roles in addressing childhood nutrition challenges. Together, this team can work to understand why a child isn’t getting the nutrition they need and develop a plan to get them back on track.
So, what does a multidisciplinary approach look like and how can it improve childhood nutrition?
Feeding difficulties can be a challenge to overcome for parents and kids. However, partnering with experts to create an actionable plan demonstrates how big of an impact taking a team approach can make.
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