Professional, non-quacky pediatric nutritionists on the Central Coast?
June 30, 2011 12:52 PM Subscribe
A friend of mine is looking for someone (ideally a professional someone) to help deal with her 6-year-old son's eating issues. What sorts of professionals are best suited to addressing this sort of thing? Is she likely to find what she is looking for locally (she lives in central California)?
posted by aecorwin to health & fitness (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, so my friend's kidlet is a very VERY picky eater. He's on the autism spectrum (but very verbal, etc.) where I know this sort of thing is very common (being on the spectrum myself, I can recall many a dinnertime battle growing up), but the problem is that whenever you mention autism these days, suddenly everyone and their uncle claims to be an expert and starts telling you to try this or that supplement, special diet, etc., even when there is no actual scientific support whatsoever for their assertions.
SO, what I am looking to do is find out if there's a direction I can at the very least point my friend in. Her kid's eating issues are quite a bit more extreme than mine were (in the sense that while I had very strong texture aversions I still liked a reasonable variety of foods), to the point where she's concerned that (a) his diet isn't sufficiently balanced, and (b) if he had any food intolerances (e.g., lactose or gluten or whatnot) they'd currently be impossible to diagnose with an elimination diet given the extremely narrow range of stuff he'll actually eat in the first place.
My current inclination is to suggest a pediatric nutritionist and/or a doctor who has experience with eating disorders in young children (as my friend's kid's food issues seem intense enough to at least brush up against that category). But I unfortunately have no clue how one might go about identifying such a person, or in particular identifying such a person that would be accessible to someone living in the Central Coast area.
Needless to say, I've tried googling, but nothing really promising came up. Thus, I would be very interested in learning of any professionals that might not be a pediatric nutritionist *in name* but who have the relevant expertise/degree and who have no patience whatsoever with quackery. As in, nobody who's going to insist she infect her kid with a tapeworm to "remove toxins" or anything along those lines, just good, solid, medically-sound guidance regarding diversifying the diet of a boy who dislikes the vast majority of foods. Thanks!
[also, note that I am not looking for suggestions here re. foods to try giving to the kid -- my friend has tried LOTS of very creative ideas in this department to no avail, and really and truly wants some professional guidance at this point.]