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There are many reasons why a child might be refusing food or refusing to eat at all. For some it can be due to pain or discomfort they have associated with food from earlier childhood and for others it can be an exacerbation of control. We treat every child individually. For us to assess your child please book an appointment.
The best way to contact us is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling us on 0161 820 8262
or by writing to us at: Kids Feeding Team, 6 Minshull Street, Manchester, M1 3ED
We can help all babies and children with any food related issue, food allergy or worry regarding their feeding and swallowing.
We help by providing immediate access to a dietitian led feeding team with expertise in feeding disorders. Our multidisciplinary service of dietitians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists will assess your child’s eating behaviour and develop a treatment plan to suit them.
We work with children straight from birth.
The time the feeding therapy lasts differs depending on the child and the problems they have. For a specific estimation, speak to our dietitian by getting in touch.
Some children will outgrow their feeding problems (hurray!) but for others consideration for dietetic therapy is appropriate. It usually depends on how severe, what the causes are and how long the feeding problems have been going on for.
At the moment we only offer outpatient services.
We are different from the NHS in that we have the time, staff and resources to ensure your child gets the attention and therapy they need to overcome their individual feeding or weight management problem. Our practitioners are all HCPC registered with experience in both NHS and private sectors.
A multidisciplinary evaluation is when there is a team of people from different professionals which group together to give a diverse and in-depth assessment.
Having a multidisciplinary approach enables us to assess your child to the highest standard. This is especially beneficial if your child has any additional support requirements as it ensures all problems that affect your child’s eating are managed and evaluated.
Each professional is qualified within their field with at least a BSc, with most already having or working towards a MSc. Every employer is HCPC registered, the governing body to ensure they are working to the best of evidence based practice.
Weaning and complementary feeding can be tough for babies and mums, especially when they seem to be aversive to solid food. However, it's essential solid food is introduced by six months old to ensure they progress healthily. We can help you every step of the weaning process to ensure your baby is getting the nutrition they need to grow and develop.
Certainly, to find out how we can help reduce stress around mealtimes please contact us.
There are many reasons why some children may struggle to gain weight. Our dietitian can assess your child, their diet and recommend a treatment plan which is suitable to help them gain weight.
We do provide services for schools, to find out more, please find out more about our School services.
We organise and run workshops with schools to help educate children (and teachers!) on why it's important to eat well. To find out how we can help your school please contact us.
If your school is self catering, we can help you redesign your school dinners to ensure they are following government guidelines, while still being nutritious and delicious.
Yes we do, if you’re a solicitor and would like to talk to us please, contact us.
Yes we do work with case managers, if you would like to find out more please, contact us,
Yes, our multidisciplinary team of dietitians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists can provide medico legal reports, assessments and interventions.
Yes we are happy to work as an expert witness.
Depending on our caseload, but usually we can usually finish a report within 3-5 days.
You do not need a referral from your GP, you can self refer.
A 90 minute face-to-face assessment at our clinic costs £135.
A 60 minute skype assessment costs £90. We would require you to give us the height / length of the child and their weight.
A 60 minute treatment appointment costs £90.
Our reports cost £90.
Yes, an assessment is necessary for our dietitian to diagnose your child and decide on an adequate treatment plan.
Yes we will give a report to your child.
Your medical insurance may cover some or all of our costs. Please ring your insurance company to enquire. All our practitioners are HCPC registered.
The best way to arrange an assessment is via phone call on 0161 820 8262
Yes we provide skype consultations.
ny information, measurements or documents you think would be useful would be good to bring to the appointment such as:
Yes we do, to book an appointment get in touch.
Parents and carers can essentially choose how involved to be with the treatment, however, sometimes it might be appropriate for the dietitian to speak to the parent or child alone.
We provide online Skype assessments to children all over the world. If you feel your child would benefit from a nutritional assessment we also offer an online dietic nutritional assessment via a skype consultation service.
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We would love to hear from you, to check if we have positions available check our careers page.
We don't currently offer dietitian placements, but keep an eye out as we may do in the future. Please express your interest via our careers page.
To work as a dietitian you need a BSc, Pg Dip or MSc in dietetics and to be registered with the HCPC.
Due to the clinical and medical nature of our work, we require all of our dietitian team to be already qualified in or working towards dietetics.
Whilst we are appreciative of the time you have set aside to submit your application to us, due to the high number of submissions we receive, we do not have the resources within our team to be provide feedback to every applicant. Should you progress to the stage where you are interviewed by us, we would be happy to provide feedback following an interview.
If you need to get in touch for any reason, please contact us either via email at email@example.com or call 0161 820 8262. or call 0161 820 8262. Please note that correspondence from us may be redirected to your spam folder, so it is worth checking here before getting in touch with us the position you have applied for.
We are happy to receive applications for positions not currently advertised. We will keep a record of your details and get in touch when a suitable position becomes available.
We offer sandwich / Erasmus / and other placements for degree level students, lasting between 4-12 months. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide details of the type of break up / sandwich placement you are interested in.
Yes, we value the part-time workers within our team. When a vacancy becomes available, it will be advertised stating clearly that we are recruiting for a part time role.
We have our own in-house HR and recruitment team. We have a policy not to entertain calls.
If you are interested in finding out what opportunities we have available please visit our Indeed page.
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A feeding disorder describes when a child refuses specific food groups, textures, solids or liquids for more than one month. This may start to reduce their nutritional intake causing weight loss, faltering growth or developmental delay.
Dysphagia is another term for swallowing difficulties. Swallowing difficulties can occur at any time through childhood development. Our team will be able to identify a cause of dysphagia and help ensure each child has a safe and effective swallow.
We treat all feeding problems and feeding disorders that your child may be experiencing. Our therapists have extensive experience in all the associated conditions that come with feeding problems such as:
We can do a number of things to help and support children with allergies. If the baby or child is newly diagnosed with an allergy that they are likely to grow out of i.e. cow's milk protein allergy, we can help assess and implement a plan to reintroduce cow’s milk protein. Whatever the allergy or intolerance we will evaluate your baby or child’s intake to ensure they are getting all the nutrition they need to grow and develop properly, despite their allergy or intolerance. We can also ensure your child isn't unnecessarily excluding foods or food groups and reduce the stress associated with allergies and intolerances.
We can treat all feeding problems and the associated symptoms from breastfeeding to tube weaning for any baby or child under the age of 18. Here are some examples:
To refer a child to our services this can be done online, or by calling 0161 820 8262 or emailing office@kids feedingteam.co.uk
HBF is a casein based formula with a casein to whey ratio of 80:20, normal formulas are around 40:60 whey to casein. HBF is based on the theory that casein tends to be much harder to digest, sits in the stomach longer, and may therefore keep babies full and reduce the frequency of feeds. Although there are many anecdotal reports that it can help babies sleep longer, there is no conclusive scientific evidence. Due to the longer gastro-transit of casein, it is more likely to sit in the stomach of the baby and may cause reflux, constipation and pain.
Small amounts of cow's milk and products containing cow's milk can be introduced as part of the weaning diet with no harm, such as in mash potato or cheese alongside breast or infant formula. However, it is not recommended for cows milk to be used as the primary drink due to its lack of iron. Iron is an essential mineral needed for babies as they are growing and babies who drink cow's milk in large quantities are likely to become deficient.
Previously it was recommended that potentially allergenic foods should be avoided until they are early toddler. However, recent evidence has shown this can actually increase their risk of becoming allergic to these foods and delaying their introduction is unnecessary. Watch out for allergic reactions of these foods but try to introduce them during weaning to ensure your baby is getting a balanced, varied diet.
A vegetarian diet can be used for weaning, however, particular attention must be paid to ensuring they get enough energy, vitamins, minerals and not too much fibre- as this can fill them up too much and interfere with the absorption with some vitamins and minerals.
Vegan diets exclude all animal-derived food and are unlikely to fulfill your baby's high nutrient and energy requirements in the small quantities they can eat. There are also only some vitamins which you can get from animal derived products unless supplemented therefore your baby may become deficient in these.
Iron is an essential mineral required for making hemoglobin, which is required to carry oxygen in red blood cells. When babies are first born, they still have stores from mum, however, at around 4-6 months these stores deplete and their requirements increase so they need iron from food.
Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia are:
For more information regarding iron deficiency please visit our blog.
Lactose is the sugar found in milk. Lactose intolerance occurs when the digestive system does make enough of the enzyme which breaks down lactose; lactase, this is quite rare in babies and children under three. CMPA, as the name suggests, is the protein found in milk and occurs when the body thinks the protein is a threat, therefore causing the immune system to attack it. Both lactose intolerance and CMPA produce symptoms of wind, diarrhoea, bloated tummy, aches and pains and sickness. However, CMPA also produces symptoms of an itchy rash, wheezing, coughs and runny noses which isn't seen in lactose intolerance.
Some children grow out of fussy eating, however, some don't. The longer fussy eating is allowed to go on for the more likely it will progress into adulthood. The prolonged exclusion of food can lead to nutritional deficiencies and developmental delay. If you feel you need more expert help and you are worried your child , please contact us.
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