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Feeding Clinic

(651) 220-6446

Services

  • Patients seen at Children’s - Minneapolis and Children’s - St. Paul.
  • Diagnostic, treatment, and consultation services for families with children who are experiencing difficulties in feeding, including:
    – difficulty sucking, swallowing, or chewing
    – do not feed themselves at appropriate ages
    – have been on liquids or soft foods for a long time and are finding the transition to textured foods difficult
    – transition from nasogastric or gastrostomy feedings to oral feedings
    – neurological impairments and developmental delay that hinder oral feedings
    – abnormalities of the mouth and throat that affect eating
    – failure-to-thrive
    – behavioral feeding issues
    – sensory problems
    – difficulty transitions from breast-feeding to cup/bottle or pureed foods
  • A team approach is used to evaluate patients. Members include

– pediatric nurse practitioner
– occupational therapist
– speech-language pathologist
– dietitian
– psychologist, when appropriate

  • Serving patients who are younger than 18 years old, the program tailors services to meet each patient’s needs.
  • Treatment addresses both behavioral aspects and feeding
    techniques.
  • Children with physical limitations will receive recommendations on proper positioning devices and adaptive equipment to help with oral feeding.

Also see Dietitians, Rehab Feeding Therapy.