How can I tell if my child's appetite is normal

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How can I tell if my child's appetite is normal

Most children are able to regulate their own hunger and satiety, so if you are having regular physical exams with your pediatrician and your child is growing appropriately, meaning that they’re gaining weight at a normal weight and they’re growing in their height at an appropriate rate, then you should listen to your child and know that they are getting the food that they should be getting at their meals and snacks. Most children, just like us, they’re going to eat a different amount at different meals and snacks. So some days maybe they’re hungrier than others, or maybe they’re hungrier at breakfast than at lunch, so maybe they eat a little more at breakfast than they do at lunch, and that’s totally normal. They don’t have to eat the same exact amount every day or every meal. So as long as your child is growing and is healthy, listen to them and don’t try to force what you think they should eat on them. Kind of let them do their thing.
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Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD

Pediatric Dietitian

Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD is the founder of NutritionWise, a nutrition consulting practice based in Los Angeles.  She enjoys working with clients in all ages and stages of the lifespan and has specialized training in working with children and families. As a trusted partner who works closely with her clients and their physicians, she specializes in medical nutrition-related issues including food allergies, diabetes (type I, II and gestational), overweight/obesity, celiac disease, feeding disorders, failure to thrive, cardiac disease, eating disorders, and others.  Nicole’s approach and philosophy are based on a client-centered model.  She looks at each client on an individual basis and develops their plan according to their specific needs.  Nicole works with her clients to develop realistic and attainable goals. 

Prior to opening her private practice, she practiced as a clinical dietitian at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (outpatient clinics, school-based clinics, community education), at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  

In addition to her clinical work, Nicole publishes her own newsletter, NutritionWise Monthly. She has contributed to numerous publications and websites including Healthy Child Healthy World, Breezy Mama, Parenting, The Bump, ICAN (Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition- a professional publication) and is a frequent speaker to local schools, corporations and the community at large. Nicole has also provided consulting services to several national food and beverage companies.  She is the founder of the San Fernando Valley Family Food Allergy Support Group and is on the medical advisory board for the Celiac Disease Foundation. 

Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts Degree in Preventive Nutrition from the University of Southern California. She then completed the Dietetic Internship program at California State University Northridge.


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