FEEDING THERAPY & NUTRITION

At HealthBridge Children’s Hospital, our Feeding Therapy & Child Nutrition Services identifies and evaluates children unable to consume sufficient calories via oral feeding to maintain and promote growth.

Conditions Treated

    • Difficulty Swallowing/Dysphagia

    • Management of abnormal suck

    • Abnormal eating problems

    • Identification of aspiration risk

    • Disruptive mealtime behaviors

    • Tube feeding management

Our Approach to Treatment

Our Feeding & Swallowing Program is specially designed to meet the nutritional needs of the child with a feeding and swallow disorder, to overcome barriers, and provide specialized family/caregiver training to ensure success at discharge. We use evidence-based guidelines in developing your child’s treatment plan. Because feeding and swallowing disorders are a combination of nutritional and mechanical factors, our team uses a unique scoring system to identify your child’s stage at admission, determines your child’s goal stage, and evaluates success along the way. A Registered Dietitian (RD) will evaluate each child’s nutritional status to determine needs and goals, which can include following a normal rate of growth, demonstrating catch-up weight gain, achieving weight loss or correcting nutrient deficiency.

Referrals

Our admissions team at HealthBridge Children’s Hospital works closely with referring hospitals, physicians, insurances, and family members to ensure that the admission process is timely and efficient. To refer a patient, schedule a tour, or ask questions about our services, call HealthBridge at 888-306-5121 and someone will assist you.