Solid Start @The Childrens' Clinic


Westsite Centre
Model Farm Road
087 2739133

Caroline O Connor

I graduated from Trinity College/DIT in 1999 with a BSc Hons in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. I worked in Rotherham General Hospital, Yorkshire for 18 months before coming home to Ireland. In 2000 I joined the Health Promotion Department of the now HSE south where I worked as a Senior Community Dietitian for 18 years. During this time, I worked with children and adults in primary care with a wide variety of health/nutrition issues. The range of referrals included, weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular risk factor management, IBS, food allergies, coeliac disease, growth faltering and fussy eating. As part of the health promotion department I undertook nutrition health promotion initiatives working in schools, the community, and workplaces. I have a passion for training and have trained PHNs, GPs, teachers, other health professionals and the public. I have produced nutrition resources for use locally and nationally. I am very interested in Food Allergies, which I studied further at Imperial College London. I also facilitate on Behaviour Change courses for dietitians and other health professionals. In 2016 I established Solid Start, a nutritional consultancy specifically for parents of young children. As a mother of four, my combined expertise as a parent and as a dietitian helps parents to raise their own happy, healthy eaters. Solid Start specialises in Baby Weaning Classes, Fussy Eating Workshops and one-to-one advice for parents on feeding problems or challenges.

Business Hours

Clinic Hours: 9am-1pm Mon-Sat

Home Visits-day or evening


Baby Weaning Classes-Fussy Eating Workshops- One-To-One Advice For Parents

Baby Weaning Class

Starting your baby on solids can be a minefield. With so much conflicting information, it’s hard to know who or what to believe. This important step for you and your baby is one you should enjoy and feel confident about starting. This 90-minute Baby Weaning Class will give you the information you need to get your baby off to a Solid Start with healthy family meals. You can even bring your baby along! You will receive the latest evidence on feeding babies in one practical common-sense class. You will leave the class confident and relaxed about feeding your baby from their first taste to the end of their first year.

One-To-One Advice

You can get one-to-one advice on: Weaning; Fussy Eating; Food Allergies; Concerns about your child's growth or weight (either too much or too little); Coeliac Disease; Constipation; Managing reflux and Colic; Anaemia.


Fussy Eating Workshop

Feeding toddlers and young children can be a challenge for parents. This 2-hour class will give you the feeding tips and strategies you need to enjoy happy and stress-free family mealtimes and set the whole family up with good eating habits for life. You will get the latest evidence and strategies for feeding young children in once practical common-sense class. You will leave the class confident and relaxed about feeding your family. This class is suitable for parents with children aged 12 months + or childcare/health professionals working with children of this age.

Clinical Consultations, Referrals & Specialties

  • Anaemia
  • Behavioural food aversion & Fussy eaters
  • Breast feeding advice / support / services
  • Coeliac disease & Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Coeliac Disease in children/adolescents
  • Diarrhoea in children/adolescents
  • Early feeding & weaning advice
  • Eczema in children/adolescents
  • Feeding clinics for babies and toddlers
  • Food allergy & intolerance in children/adolescents
  • Growth Faltering/undernutrition in children/adolescents
  • Healthy Eating and general nutrition
  • Infant feeding - Artificial / bottle feeding
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome in children/adolescents
  • Low FODMAP diet
  • Nutrition before, during and after pregnancy
  • Reflux / Hiatus Hernia / Oesophagitis/ Barrett’s Oesophagus
  • Vegetarian & vegan diets
  • Weight management in children/adolescents