Nicklaus Children's Hospitals Food and Nutrition Department is one of the few in Florida to offer the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is a high fat diet that can control epileptic fits in some patients. Our ketogenic dietitian works closely with the medical team, patients and families to cater meals to accommodate patient’s individual preferences while working within the constructs of the prescribed diet order.
Cystic Fibrosis Clinic
A dietitian is part of the multidisciplinary Cystic Fibrosis team. Patients are evaluated on a consistent basis to monitor their growth and nutritional status. The dietitian focuses on pancreatic enzyme therapy, monitors vitamin and mineral stores and provides individualized nutrition education to every patient. The program is one of two centers in South Florida that participate in referrals from Florida’s newborn screening for cystic fibrosis.
A dietitian participates as part of the multidisciplinary team of health professionals that evaluates and manages children with craniofacial anomalies through this state-designated Craniofacial Center. Each child’s unique condition is taken into consideration and nutrition interventions are designed to help each child grow to their full potential
Patients presenting with eating difficulties may be referred for an evaluation involving specialists who address nutritional, functional/oral motor and behavioral aspects of your child’s eating habits. As a team, the dietitian, speech language pathologist and psychologist specializing in feeding behavior provide a comprehensive evaluation and develop a plan of care to address each individual’s challenges.
All patients on peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis receive monthly monitoring, education, and specialized meal planning from a dietitian. The dietitian works as part of the multidisciplinary team alongside the nephrologist, social worker, and nurses to develop a plan of care to address individual needs.
Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute offers a Neurogenetics Metabolic Clinic for infants and children with genetic metabolic disorders. Our multidisciplinary team consists of a geneticist, neurologist, metabolic dietitian, and nurse practitioner. The dietitian provides extensive nutrition education during routine outpatient clinic visits and works closely with team to develop an individualized plan of care. This program participates in Florida Expanded Newborn screening incentive to diagnose these disorders early and reduce many of the neurological complications.
Nicklaus Children's Hospital has a clinic especially for children with cancers affecting the brain. The dietitian is part of a multidisciplinary team and provides comprehensive nutrition assessment and interventions for children while undergoing cancer treatment and recovery.
The Lipid Clinic within the Heart Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is devoted to children and young adults with complex lipid disorders. Our team of pediatric cardiologists will work together with the dietitian on a comprehensive plan including close monitoring, a dietary plan physical activity recommendations and, in some cases, genetic testing or medication to control lipid disorders with the goal of preventing heart disease.
Clinical Nutrition Services by Specialty
- Adolescent Medicine (Eating disorders)
- Cardiovascular Medicine
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Diabetes and Endocrinology
- Feeding Disorders
- General Pediatrics/Obesity
- Hematology and Oncology
- Intensive Care Unit