During your child’s treatment they may experience problems with eating due to the side effects of treatment such as nausea, vomiting, sore mouth, loss of appetite, taste changes, diarrhoea and constipation.
The dietitian aims to see all newly diagnosed children and parents, to give them a general information booklet ‘Eat’ which gives nutritional advice on some of the side effects of treatment. They also advise on certain foods to avoid during treatment because they carry a high risk of infection.
The better nourished your child is the better they will tolerate treatment, fight infections and grow and develop throughout treatment. If your child is struggling to maintain an adequate food intake and weight the dietitian will recommend the use of special dietary supplements or tube feeding.