Pediatric Growth and Nutrition

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410-706-4140 410-706-4140

The Division of Growth and Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics offers continuing comprehensive care to children from infancy through early childhood.

It consists of the Growth and Nutrition Clinic and research studies related to pediatric growth and development. Dr. Maureen Black is the director of the clinic as well as principal investigator of four research studies. The Growth and Nutrition Clinic cares for pediatric patients with growth or feeding difficulties. Treatment focuses on biological and psychosocial components relating to feeding issues.

Growth and Nutrition Clinic

The Growth and Nutrition Clinic (GNC) is a family-centered outpatient clinic that provides evaluations and interventions for children under 3 years old who are experiencing feeding difficulties.

Established in 1989, GNC is a statewide resource that has treated more than 1,000 children. Our staff specialize in treating children whose stunted growth is a result of medical, nutritional, psychological, familial or environmental causes.

GNC's mission is to treat feeding difficulties, improve children's growth patterns, meet the individual needs of each family and promote healthy eating habits early in life.

Referral Package

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Patients receive five visits over six months:

Visit 1: Comprehensive, Interdisciplinary Evaluation

  • Full medical review and exam
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Psychological/developmental/family evaluation
  • Videotaped feeding observation
  • Personalized workbook to assist family in implementing recommendations and following child's progress

Visits 2 - 4: Intervention Follow-up Visits

  • Growth monitoring and nutrition counseling
  • Developmental/behavioral counseling
  • Feeding interaction coaching
  • Liaison with health care providers and community agencies

Visit 5: Re-evaluation to Assess Progress

  • Full medical review and exam
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Psychological/developmental/family evaluation
  • Videotaped feeding observation

Discharge - A second 6-month intervention followup package.

The Growth and Nutrition Clinic invites families to participate in an ongoing, confidential research study that explores recovery from growth and feeding difficulties.

Current Studies and Research Activities

  • Challenge! in Schools

  • Children's HealthWatch (formerly C-SNAP)

  • Tips on Parenting Study (TOPS)

  • Long term follow-up of children exposed to substances prenatally

  • Long-term follow-up of children with failure-to-thrive

  • Impact of micronutrients (iron and zinc) of child development

  • Pediatric overweight prevention

  • Child development in resource-poor conditions

Each program has a unique objective(s) and target population, with many volunteer and internship opportunities available.