For a number of our patients, nutrition services are a pivotal part of the treatment plan; improving sustenance and health, as well as life experiences.
The inpatient treatment team
As part of our inpatient treatment team, our registered dietitians work with other members of the team including doctors, therapists, and family members. They evaluate the child’s nutritional status at admission, develop a care plan with measurable goals, and regularly communicate the patient’s nutritional status to keep everyone up-to-date.
As meals and nutrition are part of the family dynamic, our dietitians also support caregivers with educational activities and nutrition counseling. This information combined with detailed recommendations on discharge proves invaluable to parents when their children come home, relieving worry and uncertainty, while helping to maintain healthy habits.
The outpatient treatment team
For those children and families who need our clinical dietitians’ expertise, but not a hospital stay, we offer a number of outpatient services including:
- Functional Feeding evaluations and treatment
- Nutrition evaluation
- Nutrition counseling
Our registered dietitians regularly see patients for:
- Weight loss or weight management
- Special diets, including gluten free and casein free
- Food allergies and diet restrictions
- Management of enteral and parenteral nutrition
- Functional feeding difficulties
- Failure to Thrive
- Diabetes management
- Other nutritional concerns as referred by physicians and other medical professionals
- Nutrition evaluations
Nutrition Therapy is a very personal matter
As with all of our therapies and treatments plans, nutritional therapy plans are very individualized and take into account a number of personal factors including:
- Nutritional status
- Family needs
- Religious practices
- Cultural practices
- Emotional/physical/cognitive/language barriers
- Personal preferences and aversions
Red, Yellow, Green ® Weight Control Program
Developed for our patients with Prader-Willi syndrome, this innovative program helps children and families think of food and diet control in an easy, familiar way. Through the Red, Yellow, Green Program, food is divided into low, moderate and high calorie food groups.
Green: Foods low in calories – second servings are fine
Yellow: Foods high in calories but rich in nutrients and good for your diet. Eat, but with caution.
Red: Foods high in calories that have limited nutrient content per calorie. Limit yourself on these.