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Nutrition Specialist

Elk Grove Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Elk Grove, CA

Just think: In 18 short years, your child goes from a small baby in your arms to a young adult ready to take on the world. To help your child meet important developmental milestones during this time, nutrition is paramount. At Elk Grove Pediatrics, Rahat Saied, MD, offers nutritional counseling, ensuring that kids in the Elk Grove, California, area get the best start in life. For expert nutritional advice for your growing child, call or use the online scheduling tool.

Nutrition Q & A

Why is nutrition important?

Your child’s early development sets the stage for their whole life, which is why you want to do everything in your power to give them the tools they need for optimal health. One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to ensure that your child’s nutritional needs are met, giving their growing body the resources it needs every step of the way.

From the moment they are first weaned, your child relies on outside sources for their nutrients, which help the many different systems in their body develop and come online. From their growing bones to their developing brains, every single cell in their growing body needs the right fuel to set them up for long-term health.

And this is no easy task, given the pitfalls that are found in every grocery store and fast-food restaurant.

This is why nutritional counseling with Dr. Saied is so critical during your child’s development.

What should be part of my child’s diet?

While the world of good nutrition can seem confusing on the outside, with new reports coming at you from every direction touting the latest superfood, the basics are just that — basic.

Your growing child simply needs a balanced diet that contains:

  • Protein
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Dairy

Each of these categories contains the necessary vitamins and nutrients your child needs for healthy development.

Dr. Saied can help you navigate the different food groups, recommending the right portions for every stage of your child’s young life.

How can I avoid weight problems in my child?

It would be no exaggeration to say that childhood obesity represents one of the biggest health concerns in the United States, with 1 in 5 children between the ages of 6 and 19 suffering from obesity. The health implications that come with carrying extra weight as a child cannot be underestimated and include:

  • Diabetes
  • Poor bone and joint health
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea

Obesity in children even sets the stage for future cardiovascular problems.

Under the guidance of Dr. Saied, you can address weight issues and get your child to within normal weight ranges through a structured nutritional program that he designs specifically for your child.

To learn more about the benefits of good nutrition for your child, call Elk Grove Pediatrics or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.