What is a Nutritionist ?
A nutritionist is a healthcare professional responsible for monitoring and adjusting a patient’s diet to ensure essential metabolic and caloric needs are met. “Picky eaters,” as well as children with feeding and/or swallowing issues are often at risk for nutritional deficiencies due to their limited nutritional repertoire. Nutritionists can help these patients by tracking and adjusting their current diet and creating a nutritional program to fit their individual needs. Additionally, nutritionists may provide education to patients and family members regarding meal planning, healthy meal patterns, food records, goals for meal and snack calories and behavioral parameters to implement healthy eating patterns.