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Neonatal Nutrition Team

Neonatal Nutrition

U.S.News & World Report ranks Children's Division of Neonatology among the top ten programs of its kind. The division earned this distinction because of our expertise in the field and because of our family-centered approach to care.

Neonatal nutrition is a specialized service coordinated through Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the only level IIIC NICU in the immediate Washington, DC, area. The NICU’s dedicated neonatal nutrition support dietitians work closely with the NICU medical team to evaluate all factors affecting the growth and nutrition of our neonates with special needs.

Children’s Division of Neonatology, which manages the NICU, is one of the leading programs in the country, is ranked in the top 10 by U.S.News & World Report, and serves as the primary neonatal referral center for more than 40 hospitals throughout the region.

Specialists for our Smallest Patients
Nutrition is critical for your newborn’s physical growth as well as mental development. High-risk neonates and premature infants whose fragile systems are still developing may need intravenous (IV) nutrition or enteral nutrition (tube feeding) to meet their nutritional needs, until the time when the child is able to transition to oral feeding if possible.

The dietitians are an integral part of the medical team in the NICU and are available to assist with questions or concerns that you may have regarding your baby’s nutritional needs and care. Children’s neonatal nutritionists assist in:
• Assessing nutrition laboratory values
• Evaluating growth
 • Monitoring fluid and electrolyte balance
• Monitoring medication

Neonatal Nutrition Traineeship
As one of the nation’s busiest and largest children’s hospitals in the country, Children's National draws from its vast experience to serve as a leading teaching hospital. Our pediatric caregivers are compassionate experts as well as educators, particularly recognized for their expertise in highly specialized programs that require advanced training.

Children’s Neonatal Nutrition Traineeship provides a unique teaching opportunity for registered dietitians nationwide. Neonatal nutrition support practice requires a high level of education and specialized training that is not readily available in current teaching programs. This opportunity at Children's National provides registered dietitians with the skills and knowledge that allow them to practice safely, efficiently, and effectively in NICUs across the country.

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