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We empower children and families to Eat Happy, together, with the guidance of Paediatric Dietitians.

PAEDIATRIC ACCREDITED PRACTISING DIETITIANS AND NUTRITIONISTS

The Go-To Paediatric Dietitians in Brisbane for Kids

Kids Dig Food® Paediatric Dietitians are specialists in family-focused nutrition and dietetics services in Brisbane and beyond. Our amazing team are highly experienced Paediatric Dietitians you can trust.

We look forward to helping you achieve calmer and more enjoyable eating with your children without stress, worry, guilt, arguments and negotiations.

Our Accredited Practising Dietitians support parents, carers, families, educators and early childhood organisations to connect joyfully with children through food and eating.

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We support children with extreme feeding challenges who are accessing disability supports through the NDIS with a neurodiversity affirming and trauma informed approach. We practice through a social and human rights model of disability lens.

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DIETITIAN APPOINTMENTS

Start solving your family nutrition challenges now!

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WEBINARS & WORKSHOPS

Find out what’s coming up and how to book.

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TRAINING & CONSULTANCY

Tailored solutions for your early childhood organisation, school, club or group.

How We Help

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Paediatric Dietitian Appointments

When family food and eating isn’t going smoothly, Kids Dig Food Dietitians in Brisbane can help. Our experienced Paediatric Accredited Practising Dietitians work with you to find refreshingly simple and practical solutions for the fussiest of eaters, kids with weight or growth concerns, and more complex food-related challenges. We are highly skilled in supporting children with disability and neurodivergent children (for example, Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other brain differences)

We get curious about your family’s relationship with food. We discover HOW your child and family eats, not just WHAT you eat. Together we find solutions to your nutrition concerns and get feeding back on track.

Our North Brisbane clinic location is at Carseldine. Video and Phone appointments are also available.

Home visit appointments also available to some areas.

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Workshops & Webinars

Our workshops will change the way you think about food, eating and feeding forever. Get the skills you need to raise kids who are confident and competent eaters.

Parents, get help now! Browse our selection of evergreen Online Webinars.

Or, let us design a tailor-made workshop for your community or group.

We are specialist workshop facilitators for:

  • Early childhood services
  • Schools and Outside School Hours Care
  • Parent groups
  • Clubs and Community Groups
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Training & Consultancy

Do you need help to make nutrition a priority in your workplace, organisation or professional group?

When it comes to food, nutrition and eating… we help you do what you do better.

Examples of our training and consultancy skills:

OUR SPECIALTY: High quality, tailor-made nutrition training for early childhood educators and staff. We go beyond “the basics.”

Menu review, planning and development

Guest speaking and workshop facilitation for conferences, corporate events and festivals

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose a Paediatric Dietitian in Brisbane?

Searching for the right Paediatric Dietitian for your child and family can be a challenge. You want an experienced Paediatric Dietitian near me, someone you can trust. Someone who will take time to understand your child’s particular food and feeding difficulties and hear your worries and concerns. The Kids Dig Food team is skilled at providing Telehealth Dietetic consultations via video and phone, with the same level of high-quality care. Whether you are in Brisbane and wish to speak with your Dietitian face-to-face and attend our beautiful clinic, or you live further away, we are ready to support you wherever you may be. Many of our client families live in regional areas and interstate.

When to Consult a Kids Dietitian

You might be wondering when is the right time to consult a Paediatric Dietitian? Our team believe that the best time to seek support is as soon as you notice eating and feeding isn’t going smoothly for you and your child. You may be coping with more arguments, battles or negotiations at mealtimes.

Perhaps you’ve noticed changes in your child’s eating, feeding, or growth such as:

  • eating more food or less food than usual
  • the range of foods being accepted and eaten is becoming increasingly limited
  • concerns about your child’s growth & weight
  • concerns about nutrient deficiencies (e.g. low iron or insufficient calcium)
  • fear or anxiety when eating
  • an unusual level of interest or disinterest in food
  • hiding or stockpiling food
  • raiding the fridge or pantry for food
  • food refusal
  • suspected or diagnosed food allergy or intolerance
  • difficulties between caregivers and children at shared meal times
  • difficulties with meal and snack time routines
  • any other food or eating related concern

If any of the above is worrying you or keeping you awake at night, then it’s a great time to consult a specialist Paediatric and Family Dietitian. Seeking support as early as possible can help restore the feeding relationship between you and your child whether they are 1-year-old or 18-years-old.

The Kids Dig Food team are here to support you to get food and feeding back on track so you can focus on the other important and fun things in life. Book an appointment now.

If you’re still unsure if we can help, send us a message and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Common conditions managed by a Paediatric Dietician

Our specialist team of Paediatric Dietitians work exclusively with kids and families who are finding food, eating and mealtimes tricky. Supporting kids and families is our bread and butter! This means that we have the skills and expertise to provide support for a wide range of nutrition challenges and medical conditions that require nutrition support.

Here are some conditions and nutrition concerns that our client children and families seek our support for:

  • Fussy eating/Picky eating
  • More complex feeding challenges impacting the quantity and variety of food
  • Supporting neurodivergent children with feeding differences (eg Autistic kids, ADHDers, kids with Sensory Processing difficulties)
  • Early feeding difficulties
  • Help for parents of babies transitioning to solid foods, whilst balancing intake of breast milk or infant formula.
  • Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Supporting children who require feeding tubes for nutrition (eg gastrostomy or nasogastric tube) and making the child’s and family’s life a little easier. Tube feeding shouldn’t be a barrier to life!
  • Supporting children in larger bodies to grow in ways that are right for them, whilst supporting a positive body image (we employ body size inclusive, non-diet, weight neutral approaches)
  • Constipation Management
  • Assessing for and addressing nutrient deficiencies (eg Iron Deficiency, inadequate calcium intake)
  • Eating Disorders in children under 16 years of age (Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder)
  • Food Allergies (eg Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy/Dairy Allergy, Soy Allergy, Egg Allergy, Peanut Allergy Tree Nut Allergy, Fish Allergy, Shellfish Allergy)
  • Management of Coeliac Disease

To list everything we do would mean a VERY long FAQ response! If you need support with something not listed here, please SEND US A MESSAGE and we’ll get back to you right away to confirm if we can help.

Or if you’re ready to book, we can’t wait to hear from you.

What to Expect in a Kids Dietitian Appointment

We take time to understand your child’s story – Your Dietitian’s primary goal in your first one or two appointments together is to thoroughly understand your child’s feeding challenge and your concerns about it. We take time to listen. Just as every child is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all “solution”.

Partnership – Parents and caregivers, we know that you know your children best and that each family situation is unique also. You can expect that your Kids Dig Food Dietitian will partner with you as you find ways to address your nutrition concerns. We won’t just tell you what to do!

What we do – In sessions we might be analysing your child’s food intake, talking to you about your child’s feeding history, finding out the logistics of how mealtimes happen for you and your child, trouble shooting feeding challenges and celebrating successes. We help you identify the tiny steps of progress that you and your child are making. If it’s What, When, Where, How or How Much of eating we’ll be talking about it. We won’t tell you what to do, rather we will help you find solutions or take the next step that is going to work best for you. We are super practical in our approach to feeding and eating.

Parent vs Child Support – We like to start working together by understanding nutrition challenges through the eyes of parents and caregivers. Sometimes, we continue to work exclusively with parents and sometimes it is important that your child be involved in sessions. For older children and teens, it may be appropriate for your child to attend most or all appointments, though we always do prefer the first appointment to be parent-only.

Tracking Progress – We regularly review progress towards your short term and long term nutrition goals. We always want you to be clear about where we are headed as we work together.

For more information, read our Blog post “Seeing the Dietitian: What to Expect”https://kidsdigfood.com.au/seeing-the-dietitian-what-to-expect/

Autism and Nutrition: How a Dietitian Can Help

You may be wondering how a Kids Dig Food Dietitian can help Autistic children and families.

As neurodiversity-affirming Dietitians we want eating and feeding to be more accessible, easier, and more enjoyable for Autistic kids and their families. Our aim is to help Autistic folks nourish themselves in ways that suit them, whilst also getting their nutrition needs met. We think in outside-the-box ways right alongside you!

Going back to basics, people with Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder have neurodivergent brains.

Aspect Australia describes Autism like this… “Autism is a condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, interacts with others, and experiences their environment. It is estimated that one in 70 people are on the autism spectrum.”

The Oxford Dictionary describes Neurodiversity as: “the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioural traits, regarded as part of normal variation in the human population..”

Our team understands that neurodiversity simply means that all humans have differently working brains. Most people have brains that work in a fairly similar way. These brains are called neurotypical. Other people have “less usual” brains that work in an “outside of the box” kind of way. These brains are called neurodivergent. Science doesn’t have good data yet about how many people actually have neurodivergent brains. We’re still working on how we measure that.

Because the world (and in particular the modern world) has been created to best suit neurotypical brains, Autistic people can often struggle. The world wasn’t designed for neurodivergent brains.

To understand how the Kids Dig Food team support Autistic kids and families, it is important to first understand a little more about the feeding differences that might be experienced by Autistic folks. Feeding differences like these listed below are commonly experienced commonly by Autistic (and other neurodivergent) kids and grown-ups:

  • Stimming or needing to move your body when eating.
  • Eating foods that look, smell, feel, taste and sound familiar.
  • Being content with a smaller variety of liked foods.
  • Taking a very long time to “get to know” a new food.
  • Being particularly sensitive to certain sounds and smells when eating.
  • Preferring solitude when eating.
  • Needing other sensory inputs when eating.

The above differences are just that, differences. They don’t necessarily need changing. However, if these differences are impairing a child’s ability to eat and grow predictably or if parents are worried about any aspect of their Autistic child’s eating, then a Dietitian can provide amazing support to:

  • Assess the child’s current food intake and growth to identify any problems.
  • Identify nutrient gaps and find practical ways for parents to support the child or young person to obtain the missing nutrients.
  • Ensure the child can obtain sufficient energy from food for their growth and development.
  • Address any concerns about eating too little or too much food.
  • Help parents to understand the food and eating needs of their child, and honour feeding differences that DON’T need changing.
  • Help parents, children, and young people to find ways to decrease fear and increase curiosity about food and eating as the child is ready.

Neurodiversity-affirming Dietetic care is at its core, client centred care. Kids Dig Food Dietitians appreciate that there is no one right way to eat. As neurodiversity-affirming Dietitians, we can identify and support feeding differences that are perfectly fine and don’t need changing. And we get curious about nutrition differences that DO need our support.

Ready to book an appointment with one of our Dietitians?
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Why Choose Accredited Practising Dietitians

When choosing a nutrition professional to support your child and family, it is important to choose someone with the skills and experience in Paediatric and Family nutrition, and someone you can trust.

Why should you choose an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)?

Read on to understand why choosing an Accredited Practising Dietitian for nutrition and dietetic care is in your child’s best interest.

In Australia there is a difference between a dietitian and other nutritional health providers including nutritionists. All dietitians are nutritionists, but nutritionists without a dietetics qualification can’t call themselves a dietitian. While the definition of a dietitian and nutritionist are similar, there are differences in qualifications and regulation. Dietitians Australia, 2023.

It’s important to note that not all nutritionists are Dietitians and not all Dietitians are APDs. You can check the credentials of a dietitian by searching for their name in Dietitian Australia’s Register of Accredited Practising Dietitians.

Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are university-qualified experts in nutrition. APDs must take part in ongoing education and follow a code of conduct. Further to this, the Kids Dig Food team have completed hundreds of hours of additional professional development in Paediatric Dietetic care, Family Feeding, Neurodiversity Affirming Care, Trauma Informed Care and Disability Care.

We continue to invest in the ongoing professional development of our team, and we are proud to offer an extremely high quality specialist Paediatric and Family Dietetic Service. In recognition of this commitment, the Kids Dig Food team was honoured to receive the Quality in Primary Care Award (Small Business category) from Dietitians Australia in 2023.

If you are after a specialist, experienced paediatric and family Dietitian to support you child, your family and you, we look forward to hearing from you.

Are you ready to get feeding and meal times back on track?

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