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Nutrition and Dietetics (paediatric)

Paediatric Dietitians are trained to interpret the science of nutrition into practical food related advice and help children achieve their potential for growth and development.

We provide a dietetic service to paediatric inpatients and outpatients and support children with a wide range of childhood conditions:

  • food allergy and intolerance
  • coeliac disease
  • cystic fibrosis
  • diabetes mellitus
  • faltering growth
  • gastroenterology
  • neonatal nutrition
  • nutritional deficiencies
Outpatient care

Children under the care of a paediatric consultant at Arrowe Park Hospital may be referred to our service by their consultant, specialist nurse or other health care professional.

Children who have been referred to the dietitian may be seen when they attend another appointment in our Children’s Outpatients Department. If this is not possible, an appointment letter will be sent out or a date and time will be arranged over the telephone.

GP referrals cannot be accepted. These should be made to the community paediatric dietitians instead.


What should I expect from my appointment?
The initial appointment with the dietitian may last 30 to 60 minutes. During this appointment the dietitian will check the child’s weight and length and briefly discuss past medical history and reason for referral. The dietitian will take a detailed history of dietary intake and then offer appropriate and tailored dietary advice.

Follow up will usually be offered and our contact details provided if there are any questions or concerns in between appointments.

What should I bring to my appointment?
You should bring ‘My personal child health record’. This is the red book.

What if I cannot make my appointment?
If you are unable to attend an appointment, please contact our Children’s Outpatients Department on 0151 604 7039 or our paediatric dietitians on 0151 604 7491, to cancel or rearrange.

Inpatient care

Inpatient referrals can be made by medical or nursing staff or any health care professional. We will provide dietary advice on the ward and may arrange follow up as an outpatient if required.

 

Useful links

• The British Dietetic Association is good for general advice and their Food Facts  section covers a variety of topics


• Anaphylaxis Campaign and North West Allergy and Immunology Network offers support and advice for children with food allergies.


• Coeliac UK is the charity that provides advice and support for people with coeliac disease 


• CF Trust provides support and advice about all aspects of living with Cystic Fibrosis 


• Diabetes UK and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are two main charities for people with diabetes and provide help and support to families of children with diabetes

Advice found on other websites may not be accurate. If in doubt, always check with a dietitian, doctor or healthcare professional.

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