Our son is 4 and was diagnosed at 2 1/2. How often should his diet be reviewed? At diagnosis he was not really put on a diet plan per se. The dietitian gave us a lot of free play as it was her thinking that its best with a toddler not to be strict. Now that he is 4, should we be more regimented? He is not having any problems--we're just curious.
Young children grow and develop rapidly. Opinions vary on how often diets should be evaluated. In our institution the child is evaluated every 3-4 months and the dietitian revises meal plans as often as the appetite and growth dictate. It is a good idea to watch the growth chart. A more consistent intake of carbohydrate may be necessary as he grows. I would suggest you visit with a pediatric dietitian about your concerns on a routine basis.
Original posting 25 Oct 97
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