Concerns about your child's feeding and nutrition can be extremely stressful. Families come to Children's from all over the world because of our unique, truly team-based approach that focuses on the whole family.

Family-centered, team-based care

Specialists at Children’s Hospital have always taken a team-based approach to care for children with feeding disorders. Children and families have the benefit of meeting with an entire team of specialists, in the same room, at the same time. That means your child gets the fastest, most comprehensive care, designed just for him or her. Our approach has gotten our Gastroenterology Program recognized as one of the best in U.S. News and World Report's 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals report.

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Our feeding and nutrition team includes:

  • Pediatric gastroenterologist 
  • Registered nurses
  • Registered dieticians 
  • Speech and language pathologists
  • Pediatric psychologists
  • Social services

Other specialists may be consulted as needed. In addition, we work closely with your child’s primary care physician, therapist or other specialist to ensure consistency of care.

Individualized treatment plans

The range of feeding and nutrition conditions we treat is wide and varied. It is important that we don’t take a “one-size-fits all” approach. Your child is unique – as is your whole family. We know your child requires a personalized treatment plan, specific to his or her needs.

Conditions

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is unique in that we treat a full range of feeding, swallowing and nutrition issues your child may face. These conditions include:

  • Behavior related feeding issues
  • Failure to gain weight and weight loss
  • Feeding disorders
  • Oral-sensory-motor problems
  • Swallowing disorders

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Treatments

Our approach to treatment is tailored specifically to the needs of your child and your entire family. We work with your family and your child’s existing physician or specialist to determine the best approach, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Outpatient treatment
  • Outpatient intensive treatment
  • Inpatient intensive treatment

To get an idea of what your child’s treatment plan may look like, please visit our Typical Treatment Path page.

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Research

Children’s is a leader in research on pediatric feeding issues and nutrition. We work to uncover new solutions, develop research ideas and bring your child the very latest and best treatments available. Among our efforts are:

  • Clinical Trials
  • Clinical Research, including a review of how appetite and changes in appetite affect children’s nutrition

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Program highlights

Inpatient Behavioral Feeding Program 
A very small percentage of children enter this program, which involves a two-week stay with ongoing assessments and 24-hour supervision, intensive feeding therapy, as well as training and education for families. 
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Personalized Care 
Every child we treat receives a personalized treatment program specific to his or her needs – as well as to the needs of your entire family.

Family-Focused Nutrition 
Our registered dietitians and nutrition specialists help children and families learn the nutrition basics to ensure they get what they need to grow strong and healthy.

Contributions to Research and Education 
Our research clinic constantly works to improve how we understand and treat nutrition for children and families worldwide.