Carine Henry BSc RD

I am a Registered Dietitian and Paediatric Specialist, offering a caring private service for infants and children with feeding difficulties, diet related conditions or who need help to eat well. Dedicated solely to infants and young children, this site is the on-line sibling to Teenage Nutrition my site for teens.  Working as a Paediatric Dietitian in Cambridge, UK for almost 30 years, my aims of dietary treatment are to help support health, wellbeing and growth with nutrition education and evidence-based decision making. I work with specific conditions such as cow’s milk and other food allergies, gastrointestinal problems, food refusal and growth faltering. I help families with nutrition and diet guidance when feeding and/or eating become difficult.

Meeting nutritional needs and supporting growth

I use a dietary assessment methods  to collect relevant and unique information about each child’s nutritional story. This includes age related nutritional needs, growth history, learned feeding skills and behaviours including appetite, preferences and limitations. This happens in a detailed discussion about what, when and how much is eaten. It provides a good estimate of caloric and key nutrient intake, identifies any significant nutritional gaps and is necessary background information before considering next steps and dietary treatment options. Height and weight, head and/or waist circumference may be measured in clinic, and compared and interpreted using growth charts, such as you find in your child’s red book.

Dietary treatment

Dietary treatment options are discussed during the initial assessment appointment. I use a combination of  nutritional knowledge, current ideas on developmental learning and evidence-based strategies to support food-related changes. This ranges from meeting specific nutrient needs for identified gaps; food exclusions or reintroductions for suspected or identified food allergy; changes in diet structure or routine to facilitate eating well or improving nutritional intake through behaviour or learning modes such as play and effective praise and positive reinforcement.

Using this site

This website contains lots of great information but is not individual advice. Rather, it is intended as a general source of information, separated by age group along the top bar or type of condition on the side bar, on which decisions can be made about seeking further help. Do have look at my blog on various aged-related topics, or subscribe to receive updates.