Neonatology Feeding Clinic

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Team members at the neonatal feeding clinic collaborate on care plans that meet each patient's unique needs.

Neonatal Feeding Clinic


The Feeding Clinic at Children's Mercy is an outpatient clinic providing evaluation and treatment of infants and young children with complex feeding, swallowing, and oral motor conditions.

Feeding Clinic Staff

Our team includes a pediatrician, occupational therapist, dietitian, and psychologist who focus on improving children's feeding skills. Team members work closely with the patient's primary care physician, subspecialists, and home therapists to improve diet, oral motor skills, oral motor processing, and behaviors.

Feeding Clinic Services

We care for patients by addressing factors that impact desire or ability to eat. Our team conducts an evaluation and works with families to develop a home program to improve feeding skills. 

Treatment Goals

Appropriate growth is the primary goal, followed by safe developmentally appropriate feeding. Ability to wean off tube feedings is assessed and supported when needed. Improved social eating or drinking are also goals of the program. Acute medical issues should be addressed prior to requesting a consultation.

Transitioning Care for Older Patients

Our patients are frequently NICU graduates or have similar medically and developmentally complex conditions. As children approach 5-6 years, they will be transitioned to another program for ongoing treatment and support.

Program Highlights

  • Our team focuses on improving the growth and health of every patient.
  • Families have caregiver support between visits by either phone or email.
  • Our staff is experienced at treating complex feeding problems as well as tube feeding and tube weaning.

 

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