Feeding, swallowing and nutrition treatments

At Children’s, our treatment approach for feeding, swallowing, and nutritional disorders is every bit as unique as your child. Our entire team works with you and your child to develop a plan of treatment specifically tailored to the needs of your child and your family.

While individual treatment plans vary, our team of specialists has developed a typical treatment path that will help us put your child on the road to recovery quicker depending on the complexity of his or her case.

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No matter what your child’s treatment path looks like, it involves our collaborative team of experts, who all bring tremendous experience and compassion to your child’s treatment.

Pediatric gastroenterology

About gastroenterology

Your child's feeding and nutrition issues may have to do with his or her digestive system. A gastroenterologist can tell if your child's stomach or intestines are causing health problems by looking into his or her medical history, performing a physical examination, and/or running tests. Tests may include taking a stool sample, x-rays, or CT scans.

Gastroenterology at Children’s

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If your child’s digestive system needs attention, one of our board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists will be an important part of his or her treatment team. The specialist will look at how your child's body responds to food and may prescribe medicine to make food easier to digest. Our Gastroenterology Program was named one of the best in U.S. News and World Report's 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals report.

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Nutrition

About nutrition

Good nutrition and healthy eating are important for everyone, but especially for children who have trouble eating or digesting food, kids with food allergies, or kids with other disorders that make it hard for them to get the nutrition they need. Registered dietitians and nutrition specialists help children and families learn which foods have the vitamins and nutrients they need to be healthy.

Nutrition at Children’s

Our specialists work with you and your family to learn about nutrition, with the goal of giving you the tools you need to practice healthy eating habits at home. You will learn which foods to avoid and how to make sure your child gets all the nutrition he or she needs.

Pediatric psychology

About pediatric psychology

Children sometimes react to food and eating in ways that are hard to understand. Your child might throw a fit at meal times, refuse to eat anything except dry cereal, or display any number of behaviors that can be confusing and frustrating for you both. These behaviors can interfere with your child's nutrition, but pediatric psychologists can help.

Pediatric psychology at Children’s

Understanding how your child thinks about food and eating is an important step in the development of healthy eating habits. Our skilled, compassionate pediatric psychologists will consider different approaches, such as behavior therapy or sensory integration therapy, to help your child learn how to accept food and understand that good nutrition is important.

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Speech-language pathology

About speech-language pathology

There are more than a dozen tiny steps to the swallowing process. Children who have trouble swallowing (dysphagia) may need help from a speech-language pathologist. These doctors understand the role the tongue and mouth play in swallowing and can help communicate with you to help correct it.

Speech-language pathology care at Children’s

If your child has trouble with one or more of the many steps involved in swallowing, our highly trained speech-language pathologists can help determine where your child is having trouble. Our goal is to help your child learn to swallow properly to avoid choking or inhaling liquid.

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You and your family

While we offers a complete team of specialists, working together to get your child healthy, no one is a more important member of your child’s treatment team than you and your family. We are here to help your child get well, but only your support, encouragement, and guidance will keep your child on the path to a healthy life.