Helping kids eat healthier to grow healthier

Good nutrition is an essential part of good health. It impacts your child’s energy level, ability to recover from illness and injury, and their growth and development. At The Children’s Institute, our registered dietitians offer comprehensive nutrition services to nourish kids — mind, body, and spirit.

World-class nutrition services

Our dedicated and passionate team of registered dietitians uses the most up-to-date and innovative treatments to help kids manage conditions, grow and develop, and, ultimately, improve their quality of life. We offer a number of services including:
  • Nutrition evaluation
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Functional feeding evaluations and treatment

Preparing a personal plan for success

Our nutrition services are evidence-based and highly individualized. Working closely with families and caregivers, our team creates a custom nutrition plan to fit each child’s precise needs. Each plan takes into account a number of personal factors, including:
  • Nutritional status
  • Family needs
  • Religious practices
  • Cultural practices
  • Socioeconomics
  • Emotional/physical/cognitive/language barriers
  • Personal preferences and aversions

Specialized care for a variety of nutritional needs

Whether supporting your child’s physical, behavioral, or occupational therapy, or managing an illness or condition that requires a special diet, look to our experts as your personal nutrition consultants. Our team regularly works with children with a wide range of health needs, including:
  • 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 
  • Nutrition evaluations

Explore Our Cutting-Edge Treatments

No matter the cause, when infants and children have feeding and swallowing difficulties, it can create serious health problems. The Children’s Institute is a recognized leader in the treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders. From evaluation to treatment, families are encouraged to participate in therapy, which may include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition counseling.

Treatment can make a difference for children with feeding issues such as:
  • Delays in oral motor skills, such as being unable to chew or drink from a bottle 
  • Sensory issues such as being unable to tolerate a texture or taste in the mouth
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders associated with medical conditions
  • Social or behavioral problems that impact eating
  • Transition from dependency on IV (total parental nutrition or TPN) or tube feeding
  • Lack of progression to eating additional food groups and textures 
Because nutrition is critical to your child’s development and recovery, we can provide a comprehensive treatment approach by coordinating nutrition services with other members of our physical health team. Members of this team include: 
  • Physical therapists 
  • Occupational therapists 
  • Speech/language pathologists

Amazing care for amazing outcomes

Want to learn more about what makes The Children's Institute the best choice for your child's nutrition? Contact us today. Our friendly team is happy to answer all of your questions and get you connected to the right resources. If you're ready to schedule an appointment, call 412.420.2400.

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