Child Nutrition Digital Series

Program

This digital series focuses on aspects of child and adolescent nutrition that impact overall health. Each hour-long session will introduce learners to a hot topic in Child Nutrition. Content will be cumulative across sessions. All sessions are held from 4:30pm – 5:30pm ET

Breastfeeding, breast milk substitutes and feeding preterm infants
February 2, 2023

Rebecca Hoban MD, MPH
Director, Breastfeeding Medicine, Sickkids
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics
Staff Neonatologist, Sickkids

Is my patient growing ok?
February 16, 2023

Jessie Hulst MD, PhD
Staff Gastroenterologist, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Sickkids
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Nutritional Sciences

The assessment and monitoring of growth and nutritional status of developing children is critical. If a child is having problems with health or nutrition, growth is often affected. Therefore, it is important for physicians and health care providers to recognize deviations from the usual growth pattern. In this session, several topics will be highlighted using a case-based approach: normal growth, nutritional risk, growth and nutritional assessment — including anthropometric parameters — the use and interpretation of growth charts, and available clinical tools and resources.

Introduction to solids
March 2, 2023

Meta van den Heuvel MD, PhD
Staff Pediatrician, Division of Paediatrics Medicine Sickkids,
Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto

In this session, learners will gain expertise about complementary feeding in infants. Complementary feeding is defined by the World Health Organization as the “process of starting other foods when breast milk alone is no longer sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of infants.” The timing of complementary feeding and which foods to use will be discussed. In addition, implications for child health and development will be explored.

Picky eating
March 16, 2023

Meta van den Heuvel MD, PhD
Staff Pediatrician, Division of Paediatrics Medicine Sickkids,
Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto

In this session, learners will gain expertise about how to manage children with picky eating in their practice. Using 2 illustrative cases (an infant who refuses food, and a toddler who only eats his favorite food) participants will learn to apply the conceptual framework of a Pediatric Feeding Disorder when managing children with picky eating.

Healthy weights (preschool)
March 30, 2023

Jill Hamilton MD
Head, Division of Endocrinology, Sickkids
Director/Chair, Centre for Healthy Active Kids
Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Childhood obesity rates remain high and early identification and management is key to preventing future weight-related co-morbidities. In this session, we will focus on assessment and management of the pre-adolescent child with obesity. This includes identification of the ‘red flags’ indicating potential pathologic causes of obesity, as well as an approach to counselling in the office setting.

Healthy weights (adolescents)
April 13, 2023

Jill Hamilton MD
Head, Division of Endocrinology, Sickkids
Director/Chair, Centre for Healthy Active Kids
Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Adolescents with obesity are increasingly affected by co-morbidities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. We will review screening guidelines for this population, recommended behavioural approaches to counselling, and explore therapeutic options available for use in this age group.

Food allergies
April 27, 2023

Julia Upton MD, MPH, FRCP (C), FAAAI
Staff Immunologist/Allergist, Division of Immunology & Allergy
Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Cow and plant-based milk and bone health
May 11, 2023

Jonathon Maguire MD, MSc, FRCPC
Lawson Family Chair in Patient Engagement in Child Nutrition
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael’s Hospital

Iron deficiency in young children
May 25, 2023

Nicole Bourgeois MSc, RD
Registered Dietitian, Family Practice Health Centre, Women’s College Hospital
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Lauren Scott MN, NP-PHC
Nurse Practitioner, Family Practice Health Centre, Women’s College Hospital
Lecturer, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Adjunct Lecturer, L. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Food insecurity
June 8, 2023

Valerie Tarasuk PhD, MSc, BASc, BEd, BA
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Toronto