Growth and Nutrition Clinic
The Growth and Parenting/Nutrition Clinic provides treatment for infants, children and adolescents with growth and feeding problems, who are typically underweight and below the 5th percentile on childhood growth charts. The clinic specializes in treating children with conditions such as failure to thrive, nutritive deficiencies and tube feeding.
Team and treatment
The goals of treatment vary based on each patient and the health issues they are experiencing. Some common treatment goals include weight gain with continued linear growth, correction of micronutrient deficiencies and normalized eating skills/behavior. The Growth and Parenting/Nutrition Clinic emphasizes family education as a key component to successful outcomes for our patients.
The clinic has a multidisciplinary team consisting of pediatric nutrition physicians and fellows, medical residents, advance practice nurses and dietitians. A comprehensive medical assessment and physical exam is performed on all children who visit the clinic. Depending on the individual child’s needs the following services are available:
- Medical diagnosis and treatment
- Laboratory assessment
- Radiology and x-ray
- Consults to speech and physical therapy
In addition, patients may receive other multidisciplinary services such as nutritional assessment, education and instruction, calorie counts, specialized diet and nutritional care plan development, psychosocial assessment and behavioral recommendations.