Specialties

Bris Kids Nutrition specialises in all facets of diet and nutrition for the early years.  Jillian is well regarded for her focus on paediatric dietetics and treatment strategies relating to food allergies, food intolerances and sensitivities.

Jillian Dimock is a university masters qualified practitioner trained in the science of nutrition, diet and wellness for individual dietary counselling and food service management.

"Bris Kids Nutrition is committed to applying evidence-based guidelines for a safe and effective treatment plan specific to every client's situation."

With 19 years experience, including many years in hospital and clinical settings, Jillian is well qualified in assessing and providing diet therapy and treatments for a wide range of medical conditions.

Food Allergies 

Food allergies occur in around 1 in 10 children, and 1 in 50 adults. The majority of food allergies in children are outgrown with time. The most common allergy triggers are eggs, cows milk, peanuts and tree nuts.  Other common triggers include seafood, sesame, soy, fish and wheat. Peanuts, tree nuts, seeds and seafood are less likely to be outgrown and tend to be lifelong allergies. Some food allergies can be severe, causing life threatening reactions known as anaphylaxis. Some babies and young children may need specialised infant formula and mums may need to modify their diet when breastfeeding.  We aim to reduce confusion, make supermarket shopping choices easy, and mealtimes less stressful.

 

Bris Kids Nutrition can help you devise a nutritious, age appropriate meal plan with a list of foods to be avoided and recommended alternatives. Our dietitian is affiliated with the Compass Immunology Group at Greenslopes Hospital  and 'Compass Kids' at the Grange. 

Food Intolerances

Food intolerances are far more common than allergies.  They may affect 5 to 10% of the population, and can occur at any age.  Unlike food allergy, intolerance reactions are not caused by an immune response to food allergens.  Food chemical intolerance may cause symptoms that allergies don't, such as nervous system symptoms and behavioural problems.

 

Food intolerance can be caused by a range of substances that occur naturally in food as well as many additives.  Natural chemicals include salicylates, amines and monosodium glutamate (MSG).  Food additives that may cause reactions include preservatives, antioxidants, flavour enhancers and food colours.  Sometimes whole foods such as milk and wheat can cause intolerence reactions. 

Because intolerences don't invoke an immune reaction, there are no reliable skin or blood tests to diagnose food intolerances. Some alternative clinics offer intolerence testing however their accuracy is unproven.  They may be expensive and suggest a list of problem foods to avoid.  The accuracy of diagnosing food intolerences in this way is unproven and avoiding foods may make it hard for your child to maintain a healthy diet. In the worst case, these diets may lead to additional nutrition issues.  Click here for more information about unproven testing.

 

The only proven way to test for food chemical intolerance is to follow a special test diet, known as the Elimination Diet.  The Elimination Diet is a bland, low-chemical, low-additive diet.  It is followed for three to six weeks to allow time for symptoms to resolve.  If there is a positive reduction in symptoms during this diet, we reintroduce or 'challenge' the normal foods one-by-one to identify problem foods.  It is important to note that this is a 'test diet' only and not designed to stay on long term as it is nutritionally inadequate.  Consultation with a specialist Dietitian will help guide you through the process.

 

Bris Kids Nutrition can assist you through this process, increasing the likelihood of identifying and eliminating causes while achieving a nutritious and manageable diet.

Fussy Eating

Fussy eating is one of the most common stresses for parents concerned about the development of their children.  Families can become very distressed over household conflict surrounding food.  Fussy eaters refuse to eat many foods leaving parents fearful that this will lead to sickness or growth and development issues.  Quite often concerns may be elevated by comments or opinions about a child's eating habits expressed by extended family members or their circle of friends.

 

Bris Kids Nutrition can assess a child's nutrition intake against national standards, identify nutrients at risk and work with parents to include important foods into their child's diet.  While this may not always be easy, our aim is to ensure your child becomes comfortable with a wider variety of foods and enjoys the benefits of a balanced diet.  Our practitioner uses the 'making sense of mealtimes' and SOS approach to feeding therapy.

Faltering growth

Infants or children who are not gaining weight in the normal range are often referred to a Dietitian by a child health nurse, GP or Paediatrician.  There may be many reasons, however once inadequate growth has been recognised it's important that an assessment of nutrition is conducted to identify deficiencies affecting your child's well being.  Correcting deficiencies in the early years should be treated seriously as evidence indicates deficiencies may have long term, or even permanent consequences.

Bris Kids Nutrition can assess your child's need for dietary intervention, beginning with a review of their growth history and diet.  Infants may require formula modification whilst toddlers and children can benefit from diet fortification or nutrition supplements.  We work with you,  implementing proven strategies specific to your child's circumstances and growth objectives.

Foods and Behaviour

Some children are sensitive to the chemicals that occur naturally in whole foods or to food additives.  This may or may not be further complicated by a diagnosed condition like ADHD or Autism.  In any case, there is no one diet fix to suit all situations.  Some conditions make children especially more prone to deficiencies, while for others, diet does not play a role in behaviour at all.  Bris Kids Nutrition follows a scientific, evidence-based approach only, not the 'latest remedy'.  Diagnosing food intolerances and determining the interactions between an individual's diet and behaviour is complex, time consuming and most importantly should not leave a child with a nutritionally inadequate diet.

 

Bris Kids Nutrition can help you sort fact from fiction and safely guide you through exclusion diets if necessary, and in consultation with your child's medical practitioner. 

Weight Management

In Australia, overweight and obesity rates in children have doubled over the past 30 years. In 2011-12 one in four children in Queensland were above their healthy weight according to Australia's National Health survey. Improved weight management can help children cope with self-esteem and confidence, academic performance and metabolic health.  

 

Bris Kids Nutrition understands that children's weight can be a difficult and personal subject and offers a personalised consultation tailored to your child's circumstances using a family-based approach. We will assist by implementing strategies most likely to work for your child and your situation.  Our objective is for healthy, happy and confident young Australians.

Constipation

Constipation can cause:

  • Stomach cramps (pain tends to come and go)

  • Loss of appetite

  • Irritable behaviour

  • Holding-on behaviour to avoid doing a painful poo, such as squatting, crossing legs or refusing to sit on the toilet

  • Anal fissures -small splits of the skin at the anus/bottom which cause pain and bleeding when doing a poo

 

Long-term constipation can cause involuntary soiling in pants.  This occurs when a child's rectum becomes stretched from being full for a long period. Your child may not get the urge to go to the toilet because the rectum always feels stretched. The poo can then pass into your child's pants, without them feeling it. Soiling is medically called encopresis or faecal incontinence.

 

There are numerous causes of constipation in children, diet being a significant one.  Bris Kids Nutrition can perform a dietary and social assessment looking at quantity of fibre (soluble and insoluble), fluid intake, varying toileting environments, potentail food allergies and natural tendencies.  We can devise a diet plan, including the addition of laxatives and stool softeners if and when required.

Pregnancy

Healthy eating is important through all life stages, and none more so than during pregnancy.  Bris Kids Nutrition can help devise an eating plan to address specific conditions and ensure you are meeting the nutritional needs of both Mum and baby.  A thorough nutrition assessment and plan includes, but is not limited to:

  • Key nutrients - Iodine, Iron, Folate and Omega 3

  • Food safety - Foods to avoid to prevent Listeriosis

  • Multivitamins

  • Appropriate weight gain

  • Heartburn

  • Morning sickness

  • Constipation

  • Caffeine and alcohol guidelines

  • Allergy prevention

  • Gestational Diabetes