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inpatient care

Every child admitted to Dayton Children’s will be screened for possible nutrition risks. We know that the nutritional wellness of a child can play a major role in many conditions. We want to make sure we are providing the right treatment and addressing your child’s needs.

The screening will be completed by a nurse and includes questions regarding if the patient has had any recent unexplained weight loss or gain, vomiting or diarrhea, changes in diet, difficulty breathing or swallowing etc…

A pediatric dietitian will review every screening and will come talk to any patient where nutrition concerns might exist. The dietitian will then work with the child’s care team and family to determine the next steps and possible ways to treat any issues.

meal planning

If your child is inpatient in hematology/oncology, pediatric intensive care, intermediate care or newborn intensive care, the nutrition therapy team will play an integral role in your child’s care.

Each of these areas has dedicated dietitians specialized in the nutritional care of their specific patient population. Each day the child’s team of doctors and other caregivers will come to their room to talk about their care. This team will include the child’s dietitian. They will help to develop an appropriate meal plan and feeding options based upon what illness the child has and what they might need to help them get better.

Rest assured that if your child is admitted to one of our other patient care areas, a dietitian is working with the medical team. And you can always ask to talk to dietitian if you have any questions!

room service

Patients staying at Dayton Children’s have access to nutritional and kid-friendly food through room service from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm. Our goal is to deliver meals within 30 minutes of ordering every time.

Breastfeeding moms are able to receive free meals.

We will also work to make nutritional accommodations for patients who have an extended stay and special dietary needs.

Please note that Dayton Children’s is a sugar-sweetened beverage free facility and these drinks are not sold in our cafeteria or able to be ordered for room service.

formula room

For babies and children taking expressed or donor breast milk or a formula, their “milk” is prepared in our state-of-the-art formula room. We take special care to prepare just the right amount of just the right “milk” for your child.

contact us

If you have questions about our nutrition therapy program please email us. If you are currently inpatient please ask a nurse if you want to speak to a dietitian.

a new spin on school lunches

Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new regulatory requirements for the nutrition standards under the rules for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

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