Our pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery services have been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
At UVA, we have experts on surgery, hormones, the immune system, lungs, genes, metabolism, development and nutrition all working together to identify and treat complicated issues affecting your child’s health.
5th Floor, Battle Building
UVA Medical Center-Children’s Hospital
1204 W. Main Street
The UVa Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition offers nutrition-focused care for infants and children with oral diets, tube feedings, intravenous nutrition, and combinations thereof. For oral eaters, specialized diet education and counseling is available for such needs as: improving weight gain and nutrition adequacy, celiac disease, food protein-induced enterocolitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, functional abdominal pain, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, and liver diseases. For children requiring tube feedings to meet their needs, we offer family-focused guidance to achieve nutrition and feeding goals that work with families’ lives and values. Nutrition staff is comfortable utilizing a variety of commercially available tube feeding formulas, as well as homemade blended recipes, to care for children with varying degrees of medical complexity. Nutrition staff works closely with the physicians and nurse practitioners to coordinate care.
The Encouragement Feeding Program helps wean children from feeding tubes and transition to normal, age-appropriate eating habits. Our two-week program requires the participation of parents or caregivers, who are shown how to overcome a child’s avoidance or resistance to eating.
For children with deformities of the oral structures (lips, tongue, palate or jaw) or those who have received nourishment through a feeding tube for an extended period of time, learning to eat normally can be an unpleasant experience. It can be difficult to adjust to the taste and textures of different foods. It may also be hard for children to learn to regulate their hunger as tube-feeding schedules don’t mimic typical feeding schedules. That’s where our program can help.