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Department of Clinical Nutrition 

Infants and children have individualized and unique nutritional requirements for proper growth and development.  Medical complications and disease processes can impact the delivery of adequate nutrition.  Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) consists of targeted nutrition interventions used as a therapeutic approach to treating medical conditions and their associated symptoms.

The Department of Clinical Nutrition at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children includes a staff of highly trained registered (RD) and licensed clinical dietitians who specialize in pediatric MNT.  Many of our clinical RDs are master-level prepared and hold multiple additional specialty credentials. Our clinical RDs are pediatric nutrition experts who work directly with physicians, parents and other specialists in caring for patients with a variety of medical conditions.  The clinical RDs provide comprehensive nutrition assessments, counseling services and evidenced-based nutrition prescriptions for individualized MNT for inpatients at our main campus as well as outpatients seen at our satellite offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Clinical Nutrition Inpatient Services 

Inpatient clinical RDs work closely with all medical teams on the floors and in all critical care units of the hospital to ensure the appropriate MNT is provided to patients who have a wide range of medical conditions, poor nutritional status or increased nutrition risk.  MNT may include modified infant and pediatric formulas, therapeutic diets, enteral nutrition and parenteral (intravenous) nutrition.  


Clinical Nutrition Outpatient Services 

Outpatient clinical RDs work in a variety of outpatient settings such as Gastroenterology, Neurology, Cystic Fibrosis, Endocrinology, the Center for the Urban Child and the Center for Children with Special Needs where they specialize in providing individualized MNT and counseling services to assist with disease management for a variety of conditions including:

  • Malnutrition
  • Growth Failure
  • Obesity
  • Celiac Disease
  • Food Allergies
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Malabsorption
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Liver Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Neurologic Disorders   
  • Metabolic Disorders
The department of Clinical Nutrition is led by Darla J. Bradshaw, RD, LDN, CNSC.

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