Clinical Nutrition at Children's Hospital Colorado
More than 40 registered dietitians comprise The Clinical Nutrition Program at Children's Hospital Colorado. They treat a variety of conditions in children, including picky eaters, food allergies, children who have problems gaining weight and special needs patients with specific diagnoses and requirements.
Parents can make appointments with a dietitian or a weight management dietitian for individual consultation with their child.
Clinical Nutrition also has two physician-run clinics, Growth and Parenting (GAP) and GoodLIFE. The GAP Clinic treats children who are underweight or those who cannot gain sufficient weight. The GoodLIFE Clinic treats young children who are overweight, obese or gaining too much weight.
New: Children's Colorado Dietetic Internship Program, Affiliated with University of Colorado School of Medicine and University of Colorado Hospital
This is a newly accredited dietetic internship program for graduates of a didactic program in dietetics. This is a 42-week supervised practice program that leads to verification for students to be able to sit for the examination for Registered Dietitians. Find out more about the program.
Why choose Children’s Colorado?
Every patient at Children's Hospital Colorado, both inpatient and outpatient, has access to a highly specialized dietitian to address his or her individual needs.
Our dietitians serve treatment areas throughout the hospital, from the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit to outpatient consultation, often bringing nutritional expertise to larger, multidisciplinary teams.
Our dietitians specialize in childhood nutrition, with extensive pediatric experience and training in specific areas of study. All of Children’s dietitians are registered with the American Dietetics Association (ADA), having completed stringent education requirements from the ADA . Many of our dietitians are board certified specialists in pediatrics as well.
The medical director of Clinical Nutrition is one of the only nutrition-trained physicians in the country. She participates in ground-breaking research on the growth faltering child as well as in international research.
Whether your child is underweight, overweight, or you wonder if he or she needs a supplement or vitamin, our dietitians can answer your questions. We will create a treatment and nutrition plan customized to fit the needs of each child. We are committed to giving families the most thorough nutritional analysis, education and care.
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- Individualized tests from a dietician or multidisciplinary team
- Individualized treatment plans
- Vitamins, alternative formulas and food
Clinical Nutrition programs
Growth and Nutrition Parenting Clinic
The Growth and Parenting/Nutrition Clinic provides treatment for infants, children and adolescents with growth and feeding problems, who are typically underweight. The clinic specializes in treatment of failure to thrive, nutritive deficiencies and tube feeding.
The GoodLIFE1 Clinic provides multidisciplinary treatment for overweight and obese children ages 0-11 and is also for children with special needs. GoodLIFE1 Clinic is held on Tuesday afternoons.
Feeding and Swallowing Program
Children's Feeding and Swallowing Program provides a comprehensive, family-centered approach to assessment and treatment of children with feeding and or swallowing difficulties.
Eating Disorder Program
Children's Eating Disorders Treatment Program provides evaluation and treatment of eating disorders in children, adolescents, teens and young adults through age 21. Our program treatment team includes specialists and doctors from adolescent medicine, psychiatry and nutrition. Our program includes the eating disorders inpatient unit, day treatment program, outpatient therapy and consultation clinic.
Weight Management dieititan
Outpatient dietary counseling for weight management is available through the department of Clinical Nutrition by a registered dietitian. Children who are overweight, obese or gaining too much weight can find nutritional lifestyle education through an individual session with the Weight Management Dietitian. Private nutrition counseling is available at Children's Hospital Colorado main campus.
Nutritional evaluation by registered dietitian
Our clinical nutrition program provides families with one-on-one nutrition counseling for children who need help dealing with issues such as breast or bottle feeding problems, failure to thrive, food intolerances and allergies, tube feeding management, constipation, diarrhea, behavioral feeding problems, picky eating habits and eating disorders.
After scheduling an appointment with an outpatient dietitian, each patient will have the opportunity to have a private nutrition counseling session with a registered dietitian.
Nutrition for Gastroenterology conditions
Children's Hospital Colorado Department of Gastroenterology (GI), Hepatology and Nutrition leads the Rocky Mountain region in treating pediatric patients with intestinal, liver and pancreatic conditions, along with their related nutritional disorders. Our team of experts is highly skilled in all aspects of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional disorders and educated in the most innovative diagnostic and therapeutic nutritional approaches for children with GI conditions.
Our dietitians are also involved in the following subspecialty areas:
See a list of our clinical nutrition specialists.