Hi, I’m Caroline O’Connor, I’m a mum of four kids and a registered dietitian.
I am lucky to have worked as a registered dietitian for over 15 years, in both the public and private sectors, in clinical practice and in health promotion. I’ve worked with people of all ages and enjoyed it all.
Since becoming a parent however, what I’m most passionate about is getting children off to the best possible start in life with good nutrition and positive eating habits.
I strongly believe that every child deserves the chance to grow into a healthy adult and it’s well known that what a child eats when they are young and the feeding habits they develop will affect their health not just today but also as an adult of tomorrow.
Qualifications and Affiliations
I have a BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Trinity College/DIT. I am a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (www.indi.ie) and am registered with CORU- the Irish body responsible for regulating health and social care professionals (www.coru.ie). I have a special interest in food allergy, resulting from my own children’s food allergies, and have undertaken further study in food allergy at Imperial College London as well as being involved in developing national resources for food allergy management.
I offer parents one to one feeding consultations for their babies and children of all ages.
Some concerns frequently addressed include:
- Suspected or diagnosed food allergies
- Coeliac Disease
- Fussy Eating
- Concerns about your baby or child’s growth (poor weight gain/growth or overweight)
- Advice on starting and progressing through weaning
- General advice on establishing good family feeding practices
5 Things a Dietitian can help you with.
- Help with breastfeeding. Dietitians can help breastfeeding mothers who may need to make changes to their diet, if their baby is showing signs of food allergy. We can also give you reassurance and guidance on your baby’s growth and what are normal growth and feeding patterns for a breastfed baby.
- Help diagnose and manage food allergies. Food allergies affect about 5-6% of children. A dietitian can guide you through eliminating foods (or choosing the correct formula) that might be causing symptoms of a food allergy, provide a nutritionally-complete plan and advise on allergen avoidance.
- Provide nutrition solutions for digestive problems. Often, digestive issues can be improved by making changes to your child’s diet. A dietitian can make nutrition recommendations to help with reflux, diarrhoea and constipation. Dietitians are also trained to manage conditions such as coeliac disease and IBS.
- Help with Weaning.We can provide guidance on the right time to start solids and the best approaches, to ensure your baby grows up with healthy food preferences and develops to their full potential. We do this either in our Baby Weaning Classes or through family-based consultations.
- Manage Fussy Eating. Three out of four parents struggle with fussy kids at some point. A dietitian can offer parents helpful feeding strategies to encourage less stressful mealtimes, more adventurous eating and more positive feeding relationships. We also work with parents to identify nutritional gaps in children’s diets and how to best go about meeting their unique nutritional needs. Again, we either do this in our Fussy Eating class or through family-based consultations.