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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
The length of your child's visit will depend on the diagnosis and what he or she is being treated for; it may take anywhere from one to two hours. Regardless of the type of visit, please prepare for waiting time in the clinic and the possibility of staying longer in case further tests and/or procedures are necessary.
Each child’s visit is different, but most often our dietitians will discuss eating and food with you and your child, including food likes and dislikes, and growth history. Using this information, the dietitian will decide the best way to move forward. This may lead to further tests and procedures, depending on your child’s diagnosis.
Depending on your child's diagnosis and reason for visiting, there are many possible tests that may be performed. Some tests may be measured at every visit and other tests are periodically measured. Possible tests and procedures include:
No. With the exception of blood tests, none of the tests or exams that we do at the Nutrition Center are invasive or painful.
Yes. It is very important for the dietitian to see the patient to be able to do a proper assessment. In addition, we may need to perform tests, such as arm anthropometrics, to best assess the nutritional status of your child. Part of our goal is to establish a baseline of measurements so we can review them during follow-up visits.
Because we work as a team, unless otherwise instructed prior to your visit, it does not matter in what order your child sees the dietitian and the specialist during the same visit.
Yes, there are nutritionists available at Lexington, Peabody, Waltham and Weymouth.
We want to be able to give you a meaningful response to your questions as quickly as possible. Because there is so much information we need to have in order to adequately and accurately answer your questions, we often recommend waiting for your child's RD visit.
If your child is admitted to the hospital, the amount of time he or she will need to be in the hospital depends on the medical condition being treated. If your child is at the hospital for outpatient (ambulatory) care and only has a daytime appointment, then you and your child should plan to be here for one to two hours, unless there are additional appointments or procedures scheduled that day.
As a parent, you should expect follow-up recommendations dependent on the diagnosis and outcome of the visit. If needed, the doctor will order special dietary/formula changes.
Please feel free to contact the Nutrition Center staff at Boston Children's with any questions at 617-355-4677.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”