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Our registered dietitians work closely with the medical team to meet your child's nutritional needs. They also have expertise in pediatric nutrition and hold additional certifications, including nutrition support, diabetes, and childhood and adolescent weight management. We also provide medical nutrition therapy for children with the following conditions.

  • Celiac disease
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Gastrointestinal conditions to include Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Infant or toddler feeding problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Metabolic disorders (i.e. PKU)
  • Nutrition deficiencies (i.e. iron)
  • Poor weight gain or growth
  • Seizure disorder (ketogenic diet)
  • Sports-related nutrition
  • Tube feeding dependence
  • Weight management/pre-diabetes

If your child needs a nutrition recommendation, a registered dietitian will take a look at their typical food/formula intake. We will also take a look at growth, including height, weight, head circumference and body/mass index (BMI). Lab results and medications will be reviewed, as well as any diet restrictions, past medical history, and physical activity.

Although many insurance companies pay for this service, you should call the customer service number on your insurance card to be sure that medical nutrition therapy is a covered. The insurance codes are 97802 for the first appointment, and 97803 for follow-up appointments.

Outpatient nutrition appointments are available at our Akron, Stow and Boardman offices. Virtual visits (telehealth) may be available for some appointments. 

A physician referral is required for Nutrition Services. Your child’s doctor can fax the referral to 330-543-3808. To schedule an appointment, please call 330-543-3979.

Fresh vegetables in a bowl

Nutrition Services has created a garden on our Akron campus to assist our patient families with understanding the benefits of vegetables and suggestions on how to add them into family’s meals. Akron Children’s Nutrition Services will be taking children out to the garden to show them the vegetables as they are growing, and to assist them in harvesting the vegetables. Our intention is to encourage children to eat vegetables and to understand the nutrients that the vegetables provide.

Learn more about the vegetables we are growing in our garden, how to prepare them, including fresh recipes, and the nutrients they provide:

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