Providing feeding, swallowing and nutritional care to children

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

The feeding, swallowing and nutritional care provided by our program includes:

Our treatment approach for feeding, swallowing, and nutritional disorders is every bit as unique as your child. Learn more:

Video: How we care for children with feeding disorders and nutrition issues



Family-centered, team-based care

Specialists at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin 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 feeding, swallowing and nutritional care 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.

You and your family

While we offer 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.

Related services

Behavior-related feeding issues

Some children resist eating by disrupting mealtimes and refusing to sit at the table, throwing food, stealing food, crying and/or screaming. If this is the case with your child, a behavior related feeding issue may be the problem.

Behavioral issues around food can sometimes be part of another feeding problem. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin works with you and your family to assess your child’s eating habits. Our team may give your child a physical examination and run tests to rule out other health problems. If your child's issues are behavior-related, we work with you and your family to build a treatment plan that can include counseling and dietitian services. Learn more about our Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Program.

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 providers understand the role the tongue and mouth play in swallowing and can help communicate with you to help correct it.

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. Learn more about our Masters Family Speech and Hearing Center.