Nutrition Services for CSCHN Good nutrition is essential for all children to achieve their physical and developmental potential. Children with special health care needs are at increased risk for nutrition-related problems such as:
- Delayed growth, underweight and overweight
- Feeding delays, oral-motor problems, or altered feeding interactions
- Inadequate or excessive diet quantity or quality
- Medication/nutrient interactions
- Elimination problems, i.e. constipation, diarrhea
- Altered energy and nutrients needs, i.e. inborn errors of metabolism
- Dental caries including early childhood caries (ECC) that may be related to inappropriate breastfeeding or bottle-feeding
- Poor or excessive appetite
It has been estimated that up to 40% of children with special health care needs have nutrition risk factors that could be helped by referral to a registered dietitian (RD).
Preventive nutrition services, as well as intervention for identified problems, can help assure a well-nourished child who is healthy, can participate in education and therapy programs, and is better able to function in all activities of daily life.