Nutrition

child eating vegetables for good nutrition

Working side-by-side with specialists from all over Nemours, our food and nutrition experts do whatever it takes to deliver the best outcomes for kids. We provide education, guidance, and motivation for children with chronic illness, failure to thrive, obesity, or other problems that impact nutrition, healthy growth, and development.

 
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Nutritional issues in children can also be related to certain conditions:
  • general failure to thrive
  • gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • diabetes
  • eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • metabolic disease
  • disorders of the pancreas
  • liver disease
  • cancer
  • inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn's disease or
    ulcerative colitis)
  • short bowel syndrome
  • cystic fibrosis
  • celiac disease
  • food allergies
  • eating disorders
  • obesity
  • weight management
When Your Child Needs a Tube Feeding

Sometimes your child might benefit from a tube feeding (also called enteral feeding). This is when liquid nutrition is delivered by a tube directly into the stomach or into the small bowel. There are several methods of tube feedings, some short term and some long.

Child Nutrition Given Through an IV

If your child is not able to digest and absorb oral or tube feedings, he or she may need total parenteral nutrition (TPN), which is nutrition given intravenously (through an IV).

Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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Phone: (904) 697-3600

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families

Registered dietitians at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, provide individualized nutritional assessments and recommendations.

We provide a thorough evaluation of your child’s nutritional status, which typically includes:
  • interviews with you and your child about your child’s daily dietary habits
  • an assessment of the adequacy of vitamins and minerals in your child’s current diet
  • analysis of a “food diary” that is kept over the course of several days
  • detailed body measurements, including weight, length or height, head circumference, weight-for-length, BMI, and skin fold measurements. We can assess your child’s growth by comparing these measurements to reference standards on a growth chart
  • calculations of your child’s resting energy expenditure or basal metabolic rate, which is the number of calories your child would burn if he or she rested all day
  • education and guidance for you and your child about how best to manage nutritional needs related to a particular disease or condition

We will work closely with you and your child to create a plan that ensures your child gets the nutrition he or she needs to promote growth, especially during times of serious illness. Our recommendations may include individualized feeding plans, special diets, and advice on behavioral approaches to better nutrition.