The Department of Clinical Nutrition’s registered dietitians (RDs) provide a wide range of services for patients of all ages, including assessment, developing care plans, monitoring and education. For children with special health care needs, a good nutritional status helps to minimize complications from illness, medical treatments and surgery.
Our RDs have nutritional training and specialized experience with divisions or conditions, such as digestive disorders, diabetes or kidney problems. Their expertise helps provide high-quality care as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Nurses, physicians and family members may also request the services of an RD at any time during a child's hospital stay. An RD will discuss concerns or questions about a child's diet, growth or special needs.
Nutritional services are incorporated into our patients’ overall treatment plans. RDs provide nutritional assessments, with intervention and counseling as needed.
Calculating caloric daily needs
Recommending nutrition support
Developing goals for individuals receiving intravenous nutrition
Creating individualized nutrition care plans
We partner with medical teams to provide specialized care tailored to your child and their needs. We also treat children for nutritional risk, including:
Weight for age below the fifth percentile or over the 95th percentile on a standardized growth chart
Special diets (i.e., food allergy, diabetic, kidney or cardiac restrictions)
Total parenteral nutrition (TPN), tube feedings or special formula use
After discharge, a child may still require the services of a dietitian through outpatient services. If your child was treated by a registered dietitian during an inpatient stay at Lurie Children’s, please follow up with the dietitian directly. You may also contact the division that cared for your child. The nutrition services follow up is often incorporated into a specialty outpatient appointment.
Clinical Nutrition is currently accepting new patients. If required, appointments may also be scheduled solely with the outpatient dietitian. A physicial referral is required. If you need further assistance, please call the Department of Clinical Nutrition at 312.227.4047.
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