Parent Educational Audio Series - Nutrition and Special needs (Hindi)
We have with us Nutritionist, Ms.Shruti Kelkar in Nayi Disha’s 8-part audio series, titled ‘Nutrition and Special needs’, in Hindi. We will be addressing some of the commonly prevalent nutritional concerns and discuss effective ways to ensure the nutritional well-being of children with special needs.
EPISODE 1 – Common nutritional challenges - Constipation and Diarrhoea
Children with special needs have a number of health issues that can have a profound effect on their daily nourishment. This makes it very critical to address and manage nutrition-associated challenges in specially-abled children. In this section we will address some common concerns observed across multiple range of disabilities, in addition to focussing on some case-specific nutritional issues.
EPISODE 2 – Common nutritional challenges - Yeast infections
Yeast, which is normally present in controlled amounts in all our bodies, can turn harmful if their growth is left unchecked. High levels of yeast infections affect the body's digestive system, before finally compromising the immune system. Hence a yeast infection should not be considered lightly. Such an infection can occur due to prolonged bouts of constipation and diaarhoea, yet it can also further enhance constipation and diarrhoea in the child. Thus, yeast infections can cause an endless cycle of discomfort and digestive problems. This hinders the body's nutritional uptake, for the general growth and development of your child. Hence, it is important to be mindful of signs, symptoms and measures that can be taken to identify and address this common nutritional challenge.
EPISODE 3 – Nutritional intervention
In the first series we discussed common food-related challenges a family faces when raising a child with special needs. This section will address various means to establish the nutritional well-being of children that don’t meet their everyday calorific requirements.
EPISODE 4 – Junk food
The consumption of fast food or junk food is very common in today's world. Fast food lacks any nutritional value and has a long term impact on a child's health. This section addresses some of the challenges parents face, and solutions they can now adopt when their child prefers and consumes junk food.
EPISODE 5 – Gluten Free Caesin Free (GFCF) diet
In this episode, we will be speaking about a specialised diet, the GFCF diet, that requires the child to avoid any sources of gluten or caesin in their daily diet. This diet, though controversial in it's efficacy, identifies both casein (milk protein) and gluten(wheat protein) potential allergens for the child's body. Since going on a GFCF diet would mean elimination of an important food ingredient such as milk, how can a parent meet the wholesome nutritional requirements of a child when on a GFCF diet? This episode will address few such concerns.
EPISODE 6 – Specialized diet
In this episode, we will be speaking about other various specialised diets that are usually recommended by dieticians and nutritionists such as the Ketogenic diet, Fiengold and the low oxalate diet.
EPISODE 7 – Nutritional enrichment
When adequeate nourishment is not met through everyday food practises for any practical reason, such as inability to swallow or eat solid food, restricted food diet due to therapeutic intervention or just because like adults, children too can be fussy eaters. In situations such as these dietary supplementation of those inadequate nutrients can be provided to ensure the nutritional well-being of children. In this series we will address ways to enhance nutrients in food to make up for nutritional deficiencies and discuss the importance of food supplementation. It must be borne in mind that food supplementation can only address the deficiency of required vitamins and minerals, but in no way substitute therapy for any disease or disability.
Episode 8 - Probiotics
Probiotics are a kind of food supplementation that consists of bacteria and yeast that are beneficial to the body. Bacteria and yeast though often associated with disease, are also required, in the right kind, form and dose for smooth functioning of the digestive tract. In this section we will talk about what and how these good-functioning microbes are useful for your child's digestive health.
DISCLAIMER : This disclaimer claims that none of the content in this audio series is in anyway deemed as medical advice, and be treated for information purposes only.
The audio series was recorded and developed in collaboration with Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad(UoH).
Interviewee - Shruti Kelkar
Interviewer - Ambika Srinivasan (Nayi Disha)
Creative Editor - Roseleen Aind (UoH)
Sound Recordist - Roseleen Aind (UoH)
Recording & Post-production Facility - Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication (UoH)
Script Development - Shruti Kelkar & Nayi Disha
Professor Vasuki Belavadi, for invaluable discussions, and letting us use the recording studio at the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication (UoH), to record and edit the series in-house.