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.
Nutritional issues in children can also be related to certain conditions:
- general failure to thrive
- gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
- eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- metabolic disease
- disorders of the pancreas
- liver disease
- inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn's disease or
- short bowel syndrome
- cystic fibrosis
- celiac disease
- food allergies
- eating disorders
- 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).