As the only pediatric specialty hospital in New York State, Blythedale Children’s Hospital has the ability to evaluate and treat complex feeding difficulties in children with a team of pediatric specialists who work exclusively with medically fragile children.
Children referred to Blythedale for Therapeutic Feeding have wide-ranging conditions including prematurity, short-gut syndrome, brain injury, oral-motor dysfunction, aversion behaviors, cognitive deficits or post-surgical complications.
Services for these children include evaluations for both inpatients and outpatients and individualized therapy programs. Blythedale also has a specialized preschool developmental program and school-age program for children who can eat but don't due to a variety of causes.
Blythdale’s multidisciplinary approach not only incorporates each child’s complex medical and developmental needs, but also addresses behavioral and oral-motor feeding issues, in order to customize a nutritional plan to maximize growth and development.
A Different Daniel
Slow and steady wins the race. A mantra that Blythedale Children’s Hospital patient, Daniel, his family and medical/clinical teams have lived by for the past few years. Since his birth four years ago, eating has been an obstacle for Daniel. He was initially breastfed, but had difficulty...
Specialized Feeding Team
This team, composed of Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Pediatric Feeding Therapists, Psychologists, Rehabilitation Nurses and Dieticians, works collaboratively with each child and family to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.
Emmy, a former twin preemie, was suddenly diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare auto immune disorder, that left her nearly paralyzed. Determination and Blythedale Children's Hospital's interdisciplinary team helped her recover, relearn activities of daily life and return home. https://bit.ly/2TafTF9. #WeGotThis
The most important thing is for the parent to be able to do the same thing as we are because they are the primary feeder. We are basically a conduit to their independence.