Consult with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) to improve your child’s eating habits, address weight concerns (such as underweight, poor weight gain or overweight) or manage your child's condition (such as diabetes, high cholesterol/lipids, tube feeding, food allergies or renal/nephrology) using simple lifestyle changes. Patients can receive care at the main hospital or at one of our specialty care locations.
Conditions We Treat at Outpatient Visits
- Food allergies
- High cholesterol/lipids
- Poor growth/underweight
- Renal/Nephrology (kidney issues)
- Tube feeding
- Weight management/overweight
Tips for Your First Outpatient Appointment
- When scheduling, be ready to answer some questions about your child’s health. Specifically, what are the nutritional concerns? Is your child overweight or underweight? Do they have abnormal lab results? Is there difficulty with feeding, such as picky/selective eating?
- Bring photo identification. Parents or legal guardians must be with the child at all times, or must provide a written permission form if someone else accompanies the child to the appointment.
- Bring your insurance card. Bring any referrals your insurance requires for testing or seeing a specialist. A co-pay will be collected at time of service. Private insurance, Medicaid and nearly every insurance plan is accepted, but still double check coverage for nutrition services with your insurance provider.
- Bring your child’s medical history. Share any consult notes from pediatrician, growth charts, food records, and other documents which have important information about your child’s condition, medications, and treatments.
- Find out if your child needs lab work. After their initial nutrition appointment, your child may need blood work before their next appointment. If so, ask if these tests can take place through your child’s pediatrician or family doctor to save your family time and a trip to the lab. Ask the outpatient center where the results can be faxed and bring a copy of the lab work results to your child’s next appointment.
- Schedule follow-up visits before you leave. This will ensure you child receives timely medical care.