Feeding problems in children
The Children’s Mercy Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Program is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to the care of children with feeding problems. At many hospitals, children with feeding disorders are referred to a variety of specialists who each see the patient separately, but not at Children’s Mercy.
Instead, the Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic utilizes a patient-centered approach that puts the child and family first. It also helps parents navigate a complex medical environment, allows the team to concentrate on the specific feeding issues the child is having, and be more proactive with the child’s care.
Specialists all in one place
The clinic eliminates the need for the patient to spend hours at the hospital between doctor visits, or to make several visits. The clinic does this by bringing all of the specialists typically involved in the child’s care together at the same appointment to focus on the child and their feeding problem. Members of the multidisciplinary team include the physician, nurse practitioner, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, registered dietitian and nurse. Referrals to other subspecialists are made during the visit if necessary.
Follow-up clinic visits are scheduled depending on the need to monitor the patient’s progress, and the next steps in treatment. The team also works with the child’s school and community health care providers, communicating and implementing the treatment plan.
The Children’s Mercy Interdisciplinary Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Program has two clinics, one at the Adele Hall campus and one at the College Boulevard campus.