Pediatric Nutrition Services

Clinical nutrition is the study of the relationship between food and a healthy body.

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The pediatric clinical nutrition team works with you and other health care providers to make sure your child receives proper nutrition at home. We create nutrition plans that address your child's condition.

Our Approach

Besides studying how food works in the body, nutritionists are interested in how the environment affects the safety and quality of foods, and what influences these factors have on health and disease. At University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, we have registered dietitians who see patients in our clinics and in the hospital.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Clinical dietitians will help treat your child with a medical nutrition therapy plan tailored to individual needs and based on their medical condition. This might include manipulation of calorie and protein intake or recommendations for vitamin and mineral needs. They work with the medical team to recommend appropriate tube feeding or tube feeding adjustments.

Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy

At University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, we perform the two main types of stem cell transplant: Autologous transplant – uses the body’s own stem cells and Allogeneic transplant – uses well-matched stem cells from another person.
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A colonoscopy is an examination of your child’s entire lower digestive system (the colon and rectum) to diagnose and treat disease. It is performed by a pediatric gastroenterologist using a long, thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end called a colonoscope.
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Pediatric Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy is a test that lets doctors look at the lining of your GI tract. After you are asleep, an colonoscope — a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end — is inserted into your bottom in order to see the large intestine (colon) and the end of the small intestine.
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Infant Pulmonary Function Testing

If your child has been diagnosed with a lung condition such as cystic fibrosis (CF) and is under the age of two years, infant pulmonary function testing will be recommended. This study measures the size of your child’s lungs and determines how easily he or she is breathing.
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Liver Biopsy

Liver biopsy is a special test that involves obtaining a small sample of the liver tissue to review it under the microscope. After your child is asleep, a small needle is advanced into the liver under ultrasound guidance. Small tissue samples - the size of few pinheads are collected.
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Pediatric Kidney Transplant

End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is severe, irreversible kidney damage that prevents the kidneys from performing functions that are needed to live. Kidney transplantation is highly recommended for children with ESRD because it provides increased longevity and a better quality of life.
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Pediatric Flexible-Sigmoidoscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy is a test that lets doctors look at the lining of your GI tract. An endoscope — a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end — is inserted into your bottom in order to look at the last few feet of the large intestine. Small tissue samples are collected.
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Nutrition Therapy

Cystic fibrosis (CF) can affect the pancreas which produces enzymes and fluids to help you digest food. This can cause a number of digestive problems from poor absorption of food and nutrients to gas and constipation and blockage in the digestive tract.
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Sweat Testing

People with cystic fibrosis (CF) have more salt (sodium and chloride) in their sweat than other people. Measuring the amount of salt in a person’s sweat is the preferred way to diagnose CF. Sweat testing is painless, fast and reliable.
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Upper Endoscopy

Upper Endoscopy (also called an esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD) is a special test that lets doctors look at the lining of your GI tract.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Kidney Paired Exchange
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