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Pediatric Nutrition

Children’s National Hospital offers comprehensive nutrition services for children with complex nutritional needs. The program’s team includes international experts in the field, one of the most experienced teams in the country. Our specialists ensure that your child receives the nutrients critical for health, growth and development. 

Specialized Care for a Growing Child

Services include advanced pediatric gastroenterological treatment from a multidisciplinary team that includes dieticians, nurses, physician assistants, and physicians.  

The nutrition team treats children with special nutrition needs, including those who require gastronomy or jejunal tube feeding, and inpatients who need close monitoring of their nutrient intake. Additionally, Children’s National offers the highest level of specialized care for children requiring home parenteral nutrition. Common care services provided:

  • Consultations for newly diagnosed patients with conditions like celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease, and cases requiring a second opinion 
  • Gastrostomy and jejunal feeding tubes endoscopically placed by our expert team with specialized feeding experience  
  • Patients’ nutritional needs monitored under the direction of a highly skilled nurse practitioner and dietician  
  • Ongoing care for children dependent on a feeding tube with equipment available for anthropometric measurement (measurement of growth) for children in wheelchairs

Coordinated Care

Children’s National gastroenterologists work closely with other specialists to see that the needs of every patient are met, including specialists from the Divisions of Hearing and SpeechPsychiatry, and Developmental Pediatrics.

Children's Team

Children's Team


Nneka Nzegwu

Nneka Nzegwu

Associate Director, Quality and Safety, Neonatology Division


Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.


Whether your infant has arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, the Children’s National Hospital top-ranked team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby need, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments and continuing care.