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A child’s nutrition is a vital part of their growing body. Poor nutrition can lead to a variety of other conditions and can impact how quickly a child will heal and recover from an illness or surgery.

At Dayton Children’s our team of pediatric dietitians are trained in nutrition therapy for kids. They know exactly what a child’s body needs when it comes to what they eat and drink in order to be and stay healthy.

Our team sees patients both during overnight stays at the hospital and during weekly visits to our nutrition therapy clinic and in other specialty clinics such as endocrinology, newborn infant follow up, pain management, gastroenterology and others.

We also work closely with the food services team at Dayton Children’s to make sure our patients have access to the right foods they need to get better while still having kid friendly choices! For patients taking formulas or human milk, the clinical nutrition team of pediatric dietitians and milk lab technicians work together with your child’s provider to ensure just the right mixture of formula or milk for your child.

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A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling at 937-641-4000.

If you have questions about our nutrition therapy program please email us.

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conditions we treat:

food allergies

Up to 8 percent of children suffer from food allergies. The type and severity of allergy symptoms vary from allergy to allergy and child to child.

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picky eating and food anxiety

Many children are picky eaters. Our dietitians can work with parents and caregivers to develop strategies for helping kids try new things and make sure they are getting the nutrition they need!

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Patients with diabetes and their caregivers have to have a strong understanding of how food, especially carbohydrates impacts their body. Our dietitians will help patients with diabetes understand what they should and should not eat.

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eating disorders

Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, selective eating, or bulimia nervosa cause dramatic weight fluctuation, interfere with normal daily life, and can permanently harm a child’s health.

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celiac disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten. Children with celiac need to stick to a very specific diet in order to stay healthy. Our dietitians will help create meal plans and work with both patients and caregiver on appropriate diets.

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overweight and obesity

The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese. Obesity increases the risk for serious health conditions. Our dietitians work with patients to develop healthy eating plans to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

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failure to thrive

Most kids steadily gain weight and grow quickly within the first few years of life. But in some cases, kids don't meet these expected standards of growth. When this happens, it's called "failure to thrive."

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vegetarian and vegan diets

Vegetarianism is a popular choice for many individuals and families. But parents may wonder if kids can safely follow a vegetarian diet and still get all necessary nutrients. Most dietary and medical experts agree that a well-planned vegetarian diet can actually be a very healthy way to eat.

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sports nutrition

The type of food young athletes eat can affect how well and how long they can compete. A proper nutrition plan can make sure they have enough energy to keep playing into over-time.

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Constipation is a very common problem in kids and can many times be impacted by they eat. Our dietitians can help look at your child’s diet to determine what might be causing the issue.

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nutrition clinic

Our dietitians see patients daily in our nutrition clinic for a variety of conditions.

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inpatient care

Learn more about how we take care of kids nutritional needs while they are staying at Dayton Children’s overnight.

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community education

We offer a variety of opportunities for community education about childhood nutrition.

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