Doctors and other healthcare providers
As a doctor or general practitioner, have you ever asked about the diet of a child if it had recurring symptoms? Or have that examined further? Probably hardly. That is not surprising. After all, you are not specifically trained in this; in principle, it is outside your field or experience. You identify, diagnose and then medication is prescribed or the child is referred to someone who specializes in the complaint or suspected condition. But when the cause of diseases and complaints in our food consumption is sought, should the solutions also be found there?
Shortages and negative reactions
Sleep problems, ear infections, stomach aches, tantrums, allergies, diarrhea, moodiness, growth disorders, fatigue and chewing on clothing and other objects are examples of what can be caused by nutrient deficiencies or negative reactions to specific foods. Kelly Dorfman’s book “The effect of nutrition on your child’s health” elaborates on a number of these complaints.
Your role and responsibility as a parent
As a parent, do you suspect that a problem or complaint is caused by what your child (does not) eat? Try to raise this in a conversation with a professional, such as your doctor.
You can also try out the effect of certain foods on your child by temporarily removing them from your diet.
And what you don’t want your child to eat is simply not brought into your home. In the beginning, it will take some getting used to and struggle, especially if children feel that ‘things are being taken away’, but ultimately it will bring health benefits.
Nutrition as a medicine
Of course, not all complaints and disorders can be traced back to your child’s diet. But it doesn’t hurt to dwell together on nutrition as a possible cause and as a possible medicine. As a parent, educator, supervisor and doctor.