Pediatric Feeding Clinic

Pediatric Feeding Clinic

Pediatric Feeding Clinic

If your child has a feeding disorder it can cause difficulties in eating and drinking for proper nourishment. The Pediatric Feeding Clinic within Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital1 provides comprehensive care and support to children and their families facing feeding disorders.

The Pediatric Feeding Clinic team

The Pediatric Feeding Clinic brings together a compassionate group of medical professionals representing a variety of areas of expertise, all focused on one goal, improving your child’s well-being and quality of life related to feeding issues. You can expect a coordinated approach to treatment as you and your child move through an individualized plan of care. 

Understanding that these issues impact the entire family, you’ll also find educational resources to better understand and cope with the complexities of care.

The feeding team2 includes:

  • Lurie Children's specialists board-certified in pediatrics, gastroenterology
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Registered nurses

Referrals

In most instances, families are referred to the Pediatric Feeding Clinic by a pediatrician, pediatric gastroenterologist or other medical professional. There are as many reasons for the referral as there are underlying conditions related to the feeding disorder. These include:

  • Developmental delays and/or disorders
  • Difficulty or inability to chew or swallow
  • Food/drink refusal
  • Limited self-feeding skills
  • Mealtime behavior challenges (prolonged tantrums, lengthy meals, etc.)
  • Picky eating and food selectivity (brand, color, texture-specific, etc.)
  • Poor/slow weight gain
  • Recurrent gagging or vomiting
  • Related medical diagnosis and conditions
  • Tube-dependent (nasogastric or gastrostomy tubes, etc.)

When it comes to diagnosing and treating your infant, child or adolescent’s medical condition, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago1 at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital offers the kind of care every parent hopes for in a location that’s close to home, including:

  • A comprehensive range of nationally recognized specialty care
  • Convenient access to more than 140 pediatric specialists at Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital and the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center3
  • The latest advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies

In addition, the CDH Pediatric Emergency Department is IDPH Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) and is designated by the State of Illinois as a Level II Trauma Center.

Legal Information
1

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

2

In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.

3

The physicians who practice at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.