The food you eat provides your body with all the essential nutrients it needs to function properly. However, if you have food allergies, a malabsorption disorder, or difficulty figuring out what you should or shouldn’t be eating, you may benefit from nutritional counseling. Erena Treskova, MD, is board certified in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. At her practice, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of Dr. Erena Treskova in Wayne, New Jersey, and Middletown, New York, she offers nutritional counseling for infants, children and teenages. To schedule your nutritional counseling session, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today. Telemedicine appointments are also available.

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What is nutritional counseling?

The purpose of nutritional counseling is to educate you and your child about food and how it affects your health. You’re also provided with specific diet recommendations based on your child’s specific health needs or diagnosis in order to improve nutritional status.

Who can benefit from nutritional counseling?

Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of Dr. Erena Treskova provides nutritional counseling for patients of all ages, including infants, toddlers, school-age children, teens, mothers, and other adults.

You may benefit from expert nutritional advice if you:

  • Are struggling to lose weight
  • Have a picky eater at home
  • Have concerns about the nutritional adequacy of your infant’s diet
  • Have food allergies
  • Have celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis
  • Need to follow a special diet
  • Have concerns about school nutrition

The practice also provides a special teenage nutrition program.

What happens during nutritional counseling?

The specifics of your nutritional counseling at Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of Dr. Erena Treskova may depend on your diagnosis and reason for seeking nutritional counseling.

However, to better understand your child’s nutritional needs, you can expect detailed questions about their:

  • Medical history
  • Family history
  • Growth and development
  • Weight history
  • Usual diet
  • Exercise habits
  • Medications and supplements

Based on the information provided, the doctor develops a nutritional care plan that includes specific diet recommendations aimed at improving nutritional health.

The pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition practice takes an integrative approach to care, and your nutrition care plan may include nutritional supplements.

Do I need nutritional counseling for an elimination diet?

To identify food allergies or food sensitivities, you may be asked to follow an elimination diet, and you do need nutritional counseling during this time. While following the diet, you omit specific foods from your diet for a set period of time and then reintroduce those foods one at a time, and monitor your symptoms.

Your pediatric gastroenterologist may prescribe an elimination diet if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to determine if certain types of foods exacerbate your symptoms.

For comprehensive nutritional counseling from a board-certified physician, contact Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition of Dr. Erena Treskova by phone or through the online tool or register with the office for portal access today.