“Understanding the complex interplay of micro-and macronutrients and the neurodevelopment is key to moving beyond simply recommending a “good diet” to optimizing nutrient delivery for the developing child.”
-The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Nutrition guidance from infancy through adolescence
During the growing years of life between infancy and adolescence, adequate nutrition is of the utmost importance. Proper nutrients for children not only fuel growth and development, but also play a critical role in optimal brain function and immune system health, impacting children's lifelong eating habits, quality of life and state of health.
Pediatric Nutrition Therapy (PNT) partners with Pediatricians and other healthcare professionals throughout the Twin Cities, taking a multi-disciplinary approach to children's overall health and well-being. PNT provides the unique opportunity for families to work closely with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist to thoroughly address each patient's individual nutritional needs. At PNT we realize that one plan does NOT fit all, every child is unique in their own way, therefore requiring an individualized nutrition plan. The goal of our practice is to enable your child to live a nutritious, healthy, and happy life regardless of age, medical diagnosis or feeding ability. Pediatric nutrition is a specialty area of practice, and PNT is honored to be a resource in the Twin Cities to help foster health, growth, and development of children using evidence-based medical nutrition therapy practices.
Pediatric Nutrition Therapy was founded in 2017 by Registered Dietitian - Ann Westerhaus, RDN, LD. Ann previously worked at Children's Minnesota, serving as a pediatric dietitian at both the Minneapolis and St Paul campuses. She witnessed the incredible healing power of nutrition, particularly when utilized as part of a child's plan of care. Due to the lack of available outpatient pediatric dietitian services, many families are at a loss where to turn for their child's acute or ongoing nutrition needs. That is exactly why PNT is here for you- to fill the gap in healthcare when it comes to outpatient nutrition accessibility for children. Explore our services to see if Pediatric Nutrition Therapy could be of service to your family. Call today and join in on the journey to helping your child become the healthiest and happiest version of themselves!
Pediatric Nutrition Therapy provides Registered Dietitian Nutritionist services to properly assess, diagnose, monitor, and manage pediatric patient’s nutritional needs using evidenced based medical nutrition therapy.
One plan does NOT fit all, every child is unique in their own way. Many acute and/or chronic conditions lead to nutritional impairment which can lead to life long ramifications for children if not properly addressed.
We develop nutritious meal plans to provide sufficient calories, protein, fluid and micronutrients based on the individual child’s stage of life, growth patterns and medical diagnosis.
Obstacles for Parents and Practitioners
Todays health care model leaves pediatricians pressed for time and unable to address the ever-changing complex nutrition needs of children
Outpatient dietitian services for children are inaccessible with lengthy waiting lists due to high demand
Parents are hopeless and at a loss of how to address the urgent nutrition needs for their child with no where to turn
Nutrition is the universal element for survival in life from birth to old age and needs to be continuously monitored during the growing years old life