Nutritional care at Dell Children's
Some health conditions require children to have a specialized diet or supplement plan for healthy growth and development. That’s why pediatric registered dietitians are part of your child’s care team at Marnie Paul Specialty Care Center at Dell Children’s. And specialized pediatric registered dietitians are part of many multispecialty care teams at Dell Children’s Medical Center at Ascension Seton.
Pediatric dietitians specialize in nutritional care for children with concerns and conditions such as:
- Abnormal menstruation
- Allergies and food sensitivities
- Slower than expected physical development, including slow weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Lipid abnormalities, including fatty liver
- Oral aversions (food aversions)
- Weight or BMI concerns
- Choosy eating impacting nutrition
- Prediabetes and diabetes
- Tube feeding management
Pediatric dietitians delivering care in a clinic setting
At your child’s first appointment, we start by listening to you and your child. We will take physical measurements, such as your child’s weight and height. We also review previous labs, current medications and family medical history. Then, we create a personalized nutrition plan that supports your child’s health and development. Your child’s care plan may include a modified diet, supplements or both.
And as your child’s needs change, so does our care. At each appointment, we have a conversation about your child, their symptoms and any changes in their health. Then, we make adjustments to your child’s care plan to fit their needs.
A doctor’s referral is required. To have your child referred to a pediatric dietitian at Dell Children’s, please have their doctor call 512-324-0137.
Multidisciplinary care teams
Pediatric dietitians are also a part of many multispecialty care teams at Dell Children’s Medical Center – providing nutritional support as part of a patient’s comprehensive care plan. Pediatric dietitians at Dell Children’s specialize in caring for children with complex conditions, such as:
- Aerodigestive conditions
- Enteral feeding (use a feeding tube)
- Failure to thrive
- Genetic disorders
- Growth disorders
- Restrictive diets due to conditions or medications