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Paediatric Dietitian

Tailored plans and ongoing support with an accredited paediatric dietitian

  • Treatment tailored to babies through to adolescents in a family-friendly clinic
  • Help with fussy eating, allergies, deficiencies, weight concerns and more
  • Safe techniques based on the latest evidence-based research 

As a parent, you’ve done an amazing job helping your child grow. You understand how important good nutrition is to their growth. It’s why you’re here.

You’re not alone if you’re anxious about what your child is eating (or not eating). You’re not alone if you get annoyed if your child refuses to eat what you cook. And you’re not alone if you’re worried about your child’s weight and whether they’re growing as they should.

It can make it hard to go out for dinner with friends. You can never relax when they’re out without you at school or at their grandparent’s place. And it can be frustrating to work out what to make for your child when they don’t eat what you cook for the family.

What’s great is that you are doing something now. It’s understandable that you want to see someone who understands children and their specific needs. Someone who will take time to listen to you. Spend time getting to know your child and your family’s life. And create a clear plan tailored to your child.

That’s where our paediatric dietitians can help.


Paediatric dietitian in Moonee Ponds 

Who we treat

Our paediatric dietitians treat:

  • Babies
  • Toddlers
  • Adolescents 

Our paediatric dietitians have experience working with children, keep up with the latest research, and have in-depth knowledge about childhood conditions and how to treat them.

They’ll tailor a plan for your child with careful attention to their behaviour.

Common concerns

Common reasons parents get help from a paediatric dietitian include:

  • Allergens
  • Fussy eating
  • Managing growth charts and nutrition requirements 
  • Introducing solids
  • Help with family-friendly meals
  • Nutrient concerns  

A few of these concerns reflect a 2018 study that found only 6% of children met fruit and vegetable recommendations. And 25% of children aged 5-17 were overweight or obese.

We’re here to help. 


Appointments

You may be wondering whether you should bring your child to appointments. It would be good for us to see your child. If they are old enough, they can participate in the session.

Expect: 

  • A plan with clear goals about what to do next
  • Practical sessions with feedback at the end of each session
  • Friendly and helpful reception staff 
  • Easy and quick booking process: book online, email, or call
  • Family-friendly waiting area and rooms  

Frequently asked questions about paediatric dietitians

Is dietetics safe for kids? 

Yes. Our role is to help with any nutrient-related issues and behavioural habits in children. To do this, we need your support and your child to give this a go.

Should I bring my child to the appointment? 

Yes, it would be good for me to see your child, and if they are old enough, they can participate in the session as well.

I’m worried my child isn’t getting enough nutrients. Do we need to get a blood test?

Most of the time, no. We’ll do a detailed analysis of your child’s diet. From there we can tell what areas of their diet we need to focus on to fill in missing gaps in their nutritional intake.

For certain conditions, blood tests may be necessary, for instance, to diagnose coeliac disease. In these circumstances, basic vitamin and mineral levels can be tested at the same time.


About our paediatric dietitians

Our paediatric dietitians are accredited and experienced. Not just that, we’re caring and great with kids.

Together, we’ll help your kids be happy, healthy, and confident by helping them eat well and grow well.

If your child is being helped by others in our clinic, with your permission we’ll collaborate so we have a big picture of your child’s health and how we can best help.

Carla has 10 years of experience as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, 5 of those in private practice. She takes special care to tailor every treatment to the person, so goals are realistic and achievable. 

Carla has hands-on experience with a baby - so she’s familiar with many common phases experienced during the first 12 months and beyond.


Funding

Your private health insurance extras cover may rebate your appointment. We offer instant rebates so that you’ll just have the gap to pay.

Other rebates may include:


Areas serviced

Our paediatric dietitians are based in the kid-friendly Body and Brain clinic in Moonee Ponds. We’re visited by parents and children in Melbourne, particularly in the western suburbs of Melbourne:

  • Altona
  • Ascot Vale
  • Brunswick
  • Coburg
  • Essendon
  • Flemington
  • Footscray
  • Maribyrnong
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Niddrie
  • Pascoe Vale
  • Williamstown
  • Yarraville
  • Melbourne

Contact us to chat about how our paediatric dietitians can help your child.