Nutrition Specialist

Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens

Pediatrician located in Irvine, CA

Eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise is vital for your child’s health and well-being. But in today’s fast-paced world, some children aren’t getting the nutrition they need to grow, build strong bones, and maintain a healthy weight. Rely on the team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens in Irvine, California to guide you through planning a healthy diet geared to your child’s developmental needs. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online now.

Nutrition Q&A

How can I ensure that my baby gets the right nutrients?

Babies have strong nutritional needs right from the start. Adequate nutrients ensure brain development, bone strength, and overall health. Proper nutrition also promotes emotional and psychological development, especially during the first year of life.

Whether you breast or bottle feed your newborn or you’re introducing solid foods, the team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens can help you ensure your little one is getting all the nutrients necessary to thrive.

Does my child need weight checks?

For babies or children whose weight is on the bottom — or top — of the recommended weight charts for age and height, it’s vital that a doctor monitors their weight to ensure they are growing properly and not at risk for weight-related health problems.

Each child grows at his or her own pace, so your pediatrician will make recommendations based on your child’s size, history, health concerns, and eating habits, among other factors.

What should I do if my child is overweight?

Obesity among kids is a growing problem in the United States today. Overweight kids have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Nutritionists recommend that children avoid processed foods and high-fat options and fill up on plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables.

If you’re worried that your child may be overweight, the team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens can identify any related health problems and recommend a balanced eating program along with regular exercise for your child.

How can I feed my child a balanced diet?

Your child’s dietary needs will change throughout their lifetime, but here are some general recommendations for a balanced diet:

  • Serve a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Check the USDA guidelines for portion size based on your child’s age
  • Pay attention to fat intake; babies need to consume more fat for brain and nervous system development, while older children need less
  • Calcium matters for strong bones and healthy teeth
  • Choose whole grains
  • Eat fish, but avoid those high in mercury

The friendly pediatricians at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens can guide you and your child on eating a balanced diet and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Call today to schedule an appointment or book online now.