The Pediatric Feeding Program at CHOC was established to evaluate and treat children with significant feeding problems. Children who participate in the program typically have failed outpatient feeding therapy and have either a G-Tube (feeding tube) or are at risk for G-Tube placement.
Children seen in the feeding program have a range of medical/developmental problems including cerebral palsy, developmental disorders, seizure disorders, genetic disorders, oral motor dysfunction, short-bowel syndrome, food allergies, history of prematurity and behavioral disorders. The multidisciplinary program includes specialists from gastroenterology, speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, social services, and nutrition.
The feeding program can include one or all of the following components: an initial screening, outpatient feeding evaluation, psychology/behavioral consultation and an intensive inpatient feeding program. After each stage, recommendations are made to best meet the patient/family’s goals for better feeding skills.
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CHOC Feeding Program - Pacer's Story
CHOC patient Pacer was only able to eat 5% of his nutrition by mouth and had been fed by a feeding tube for most of his life. A group of dedicated professionals led by Dr. Mitchell Katz, Medical Director of the CHOC Gastroenterology & Nutrition Program all worked together so one little boy could learn to eat. For the first time in 3 years, Pacer now receives all of his nutrition by mouth.