Nutrition4Kids was founded by Children’s Dietitian, Dr. Kirsty Porter in 2019.
She has over 12 years of experience working with families within an NHS setting and has previously worked in academia and research at both the University of Nottingham and Ulster University.
Hi, I Am Dr Kirsty
I grew up on a farm in Co. Down, Northern Ireland. My love for nutrition started whilst working with sheep as I loved feeding the lambs before then escaping to my grandmothers to bake and cook lunch for us all.
Both of my grandmother’s favourite place is the kitchen, with one baking lots of delicious foods and the other teaching me how to cook warm, hearty and healthy foods! My nickname is “hostess with the mostess” as I love to feed my family and friends and bring people together over food. Therefore, studying and pursuing a career in nutrition and dietetics was a no-brainer.
I am simply a country woman who loves food and helping others.
Dr. Kirsty's background
Dr. Kirsty is passionate about supporting babies, children and their families to achieve health and happiness with feeding and nutrition – for life. She provides evidence-based and practical advice for families, specialising in dietary or feeding issues. Dr. Kirsty loves helping children to form a positive relationship with food and takes great joy in supporting parents on a challenging journey. Her inspiration for starting Nutrition4Kids was the vast amount of misleading information online about infant and children’s nutrition.
Dr. Kirsty not only has years of practical experience, but she has the qualifications to back it up, with a PhD in Public Health Nutrition, a Masters in Clinical Research and an Undergraduate Degree in Dietetics. She has dedicated her career to nutrition and takes great joy from helping families on their journey. She is also registered with the British Dietetic Association and governed by law by the Health and Care Professions Council. Dr. Kirsty’s professionalism is quality assured.
Dr. Kirsty's specialist areas include:
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Most frequently asked questions and answers
Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level.
They use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standards. The title ‘dietitian’ is the only food and nutrition title that is protected by law. Only those registered with the statutory regulator, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the title.
I’m a registered Dietitian that is regulated by law. I must give up-to-date evidence-based information. Research and clinical practice continue to change depending on new evidence. I ensure that I am aware of any such changes and incorporate this into my practice. In addition, I use my own clinical experience with numerous families from the past twelve years to assist in my delivery of the advice I provide.
I understand that it is important to make sure I am a good fit for you and your family. Therefore, I would recommend booking a free 15-minute discovery call. During this call I can explain the different services I offer and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also check out the many 5* reviews from other parents on my website and social media pages.
Dr. Kirsty’s specialist areas include:
- Baby Weaning
- Toddler Nutrition
- Fussy/Picky Eating
- Food Refusal
- Supporting Family Mealtimes
- Growth Concerns Including Faltering Growth or Weight Management
- Food Allergies and Intolerance
- Vitamin And Mineral Deficiencies
- Constipation or Diarrhoea
- Coeliac Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Healthy Cooking and Meal Planning
- Nutrition During and After Pregnancy
They will all be really helpful, so it depends on your own personal preference in terms of how you like to learn and what you are comfortable with.
If you would like an interactive session, direct answers to your questions and support from other parents in the same boat, then a webinar would work well for you.
If you would rather learn from the comfort of your own home at a pace that suits you, access the material over 6 months and have extra resources to help such as videos, downloadable PDFs and recipes, then an online course would work well for you.
If you would rather have an individual and tailored approach with your baby or child, then a one-to-one consultation would work well for you.
I appreciate that cost can also be an important factor to consider. My webinar is the cheapest option and a one-to-one consultation is my most expensive service.
Benefits of a virtual consultation:
- Tailored to your needs
- Perfect for busy parents as we can arrange a time which best suits you
- Receive personalised support and encouragement to help make any needed changes
- Work together to create a plan that works for you and your family
- Professional advice from the comfort of your own home
You can take it at any time. If you have a baby aged 4-5 months, then it’s helpful to watch the videos which cover ‘getting ready’ to wean. That way you can get prepared and then dip back into the course when you’re ready to start. This course covers everything you need to know right up until your baby’s first birthday.
Our toddler/child online course can be taken from around 10 months of age all the way until 5-7 years of age. Our clients report that they wish they had completed the course before they began to struggle with picky eating, as the journey is easier when you know what to do. However, it was designed for parents and caregivers who were struggling with picky eating or wanting to ensure that their child was getting enough nutrition. It’s also ideal for parents and caregivers who want to help their child grow up with a healthy relationship with food.
On average they can take 1-2 hours, but you can choose to complete this all at once or take it one topic at a time depending on your preferred learning style and time availability.
As a registered dietitian, I am recognised by all health insurers. So, you may be able to claim the cost of a consultation back under ‘dietitian’ cover. Ask your healthcare provider if you are covered.