Nutrition is important for everyone, especially a growing infant, child, or teenager. Whether they have a brief illness or chronic condition, your child may have trouble meeting their nutrient needs. Our registered pediatric dietitians work with your family to provide the best care.
We ensure that all care plans are based on your child’s unique situation. Our goal is to guide you and your child throughout diet management to promote a healthy relationship with food and lifelong wellbeing.
Our Pediatric Dietitians
Many of our team members have additional education in medical nutrition therapy and are actively involved in research and quality improvement projects within the community. We are proud of the accomplishments made by each of our fellow team members.
We collaborate with all of your child's care team members by using a team-based approach to treat and manage each patient for safe nutrition intervention.
Conditions We Support
- Weight management
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Elevated insulin
- Genetic conditions affecting metabolism
- Eating disorders & disordered eating
- Ketogenic diet therapy
- Neuromuscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy
There are a variety of other conditions including pulmonary disorders, cancer, neurological and developmental conditions that may need nutrition intervention. If you have concerns about your child's nutrition, talk to your pediatrician.
If your child is admitted to stay in the hospital, our team is available. We can identify your child’s nutritional needs while offering guidance during and after their stay.
Visits with Our Dietitians
Nutrition services are available throughout many specialty pediatric clinics at UVA. If you would like your child to be seen for a nutrition evaluation, talk with your provider about how this can be arranged.
A visit with one of our dietitians will vary depending on the clinic in which you're being seen. During your first visit, the dietitian will gather information about your child's:
- Nutrition history
- Current intake
- Growth and development patterns
- Other medical conditions
- Food preferences
Cost of Care
At UVA Children's, dietitian services are provided at no additional cost to the patient or family.