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Nutrition Counseling Specialist

Bubbles Pediatrics, LLC

Pediatricians & General Pediatrics located in Hoffman Estates, IL

The meals and snacks your child eats have a direct impact on their energy levels, metabolism, and health. At Bubbles Pediatrics LLC, expert pediatrician Utsahi Patel, MD, offers age-based nutrition counseling to infants, children, and teens. After a comprehensive exam and review of your child’s medical history, Dr. Patel can develop a dietary plan that optimizes their development and immunity. To make an appointment for your child, call the office in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, or click the online booking feature today.

Nutrition Counseling Q&A

What is nutrition counseling?

Nutrition counseling educates children and their parents on the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet. Children grow rapidly and their bodies change almost daily. As a result, it’s crucial they receive the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they need to reach developmental milestones and transition into adulthood. 

Additionally, nutrition counseling provides a safe, minimally invasive way to treat certain medical conditions. Eating a healthy diet can significantly reduce your child’s risk of allergies, asthma, and other chronic conditions. 

What conditions can benefit from nutritional counseling?

Bubbles Pediatrics LLC offers age-based nutrition counseling to children and teens. Your child’s pediatrician develops customized diet plans that optimize your child’s immunity and encourage healthy development. 

Some of the conditions the pediatricians at Bubbles Pediatrics LLC use nutritional counseling to treat include:

  • Celiac disease
  • Eating disorders
  • Failure to thrive (poor weight gain)
  • Food allergies
  • High cholesterol
  • Insulin resistance
  • Digestive issues (like inflammatory bowel disease)

Your child might also benefit from nutritional counseling if they’re overweight or obese.

What does nutritional counseling involve?

At Bubbles Pediatrics LLC, a nutritional counseling appointment begins with a review of your child’s medical history and a discussion of their current diet, including how often they eat, the types of foods they eat, and if they have any food allergies or food sensitivities. 

Next, your child’s pediatrician conducts a physical exam and orders laboratory testing, including blood work and urinalysis. Your child’s provider uses the results of these tests to determine if they have a vitamin or nutritional deficiency. 

After gathering the necessary information, your child’s pediatrician develops a custom nutrition plan. The plan includes regular check-ups, meal and snack recommendations, and if necessary, prescription medication.

How long does it take for nutritional counseling to work?

The length of time it takes for nutritional counseling to work depends on various factors, including your child’s age, their commitment to their provider’s treatment plan, and the issue addressed. Most children experience an improvement in their health and energy levels within a month, but it may take longer. 

To see if your child can benefit from nutritional counseling, make an appointment at Bubbles Pediatrics LLC by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.