Special Diets and Feeding Methods

Special feeding for babies

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Newborn babies, both full-term and premature, have unique nutritional needs. Read more about the different ways your child can get important nutrients for their first year of life, whether they are feeding at home or in the hospital.

Tube feeding

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Tube feeding is a method for providing nutrition to a child if they are unable to take food by mouth. Find out about the most common tube feeding options, how to use and take care of the equipment and how to handle common problems.

Special diets

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If your child has a health condition, they may need to follow a special diet to help them get the right balance of nutrients. Learn about a sample of special diets that can help manage health conditions or reduce the side effects of some medications.

Food allergies and sensitivities

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A food allergy is the immune system's response to a protein found in food. A food sensitivity is the digestive system's difficulty in processing a food or chemical. Find out how to manage the most common allergies and sensitivities and when to get your child tested.

Bowel conditions and diseases

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The bowel, which includes the large and small intestine, plays a vital role in digesting food and helping the body fight infection. Discover the common symptoms that can occur when the bowel is damaged or diseased and how they can be treated and managed.

Metabolic disorders

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A metabolic disorder is a genetic disease that prevents the body from digesting some substances, usually because it lacks an essential enzyme. Learn about the most common metabolic disorders and how a special diet can help ease symptoms.