We asked Jeanne: From an administrator’s standpoint, what is the best way to approach establishing a nutritionally sound diet for your child? Are there any resources you could offer that will assist moms?
From an administrator’s point of view, most insurance plans, and Medicaid, would require an assessment or referral for a nutritionist before paying for the service. If you can obtain this, then my first approach would be to meet with a nutritionist to develop a plan and work with them consistently to learn more. There are also many private pay nutritionists and some parents may choose this option instead. We have a nutritionist on site to answer specific questions here, and there are also many good books to research the impact of diet on numerous medical, emotional and behavioral issues.
When selecting a nutritionist, you should feel comfortable interviewing more than one. During the interview, you want to determine what their credentials are, that their philosophy is similar to yours, they will work colloboratively with the family to make changes to diet. In some cases, diet alone will not present a cure, but good nutrition can strengthen the whole body and support good health in all areas, avoiding additional complications. Common nutritionally related issues include dental hygiene, diabetes, and digestive issues.