The Low FODMAP Diet for Kids
Kate Scarlata, RD joins me on The Nourished Child podcast to talk about the Low FODMAPS diet for kids. We dish on what this diet is, who it’s for (and for whom it isn’t), and the best ways to manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, in children.
Kate is a registered dietitian, mom, runner, author and low FODMAP diet educator. After a major intestinal resection, she is not only a health care provider but also a patient. She’s on a mission to spread global awareness of the low FODMAP diet for those who suffer with functional gut disorders.
What You Will Learn about the Low FODMAP Diet:
- Which children could benefit from the Low FODMAP diet
- The acronym “FODMAP” and what it stands for
- Which foods cause various symptoms (gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, pain)
- Why the Low FODMAP diet should not be a long-term or permanent diet
- The stages of the Low FODMAP diet (elimination, reintroduction, maintenance)
- Which foods are hardest to reintroduce
- The role of prebiotics and probiotics in maintaining a healthy gut
- The nutrients parents need to watch for their children when following the Low FODMAP diet
What We Discuss in this Episode:
- The importance of establishing healthy eating habits despite dietary restriction
- Kate’s IBS Story
- My IBS story
- The variability of symptoms and response to the diet
- How the diet is not “all or nothing” and why teasing out specific triggers is helpful
- How to liberalize the diet with non-triggering FODMAPs
- The future of dietary modification using a FODMAPs approach
- How to include fruit on the Low FODMAP diet
- How to include regular sources of fiber in the diet
Links I Mention in the Show:
Low FODMAP diet resources (FODMAPS 101, Low and High FODMAP foods)
Low FODMAP Central (handouts, guides, recipes by Nestle Nutrition)
Facebook: Kate Scarlata RD
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Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: April 27, 2017
Updated on: February 6, 2019