Meeting all of your child’s wellness needs, including the food they eat, is a key component of our nutrition program, which is provided by Sala Institute for Child and Family Centered Care. When your child is in the hospital or being treated for an illness, food and nourishment can be just as important as the medicine he or she takes. The right diet can help the body heal and grow, and our team of registered dietitians is here to make sure children get the nutrition they need.
Whether your child is dealing with a food-related diagnosis, such as celiac disease, or is in our care for the treatment of another condition, you can trust that the food we provide at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone is the food that they need.
If you have an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Tisch Hospital or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, we support your efforts to breastfeed. If your baby is unable to nurse, we encourage you to use a breast pump. Your milk can be given by bottle or through enteral nutrition, in which milk is delivered directly to your baby’s stomach through a tube. We also have donor breastmilk available from approved agencies, which we can feed to your baby with your consent, if needed.
If you have questions about our nutrition programs, please talk with a member of your child’s care team.
Children in other hospital areas, including the pediatric acute medical–surgical unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and the Congenital Cardiovascular Care Unit (CCVCU), are offered a variety of different foods. Our goal is to partner with you to meet your child’s nutritional needs while also recognizing that some children are picky eaters.
For children with allergies, we review all recipes to make sure that our food contains no hidden nuts, gluten, or other potential irritants. If your child has cultural or religious dietary restrictions, please let us know so we can accommodate them.
Our registered dietitians work with children being treated through our outpatient programs and centers. We also check in with parents to make sure babies who have been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are gaining weight.
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Many medical conditions affect your child’s food choices, and this can affect the whole family. We can help you make the adjustments necessary at home to ensure your family is well nourished.
Here are some of the situations our dietitians can help you and your child address:
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