As the only pediatric rehabilitation hospital in South Jersey, Weisman Children´s offers innovative approaches to address the complex problem of infant feeding disorders.
We focus on resolving feeding difficulties combined with caregiver education/training and techniques to facilitate a happy and healthy feeding experience. As a team, our goal is to achieve a safe, pleasurable and nurturing feeding experience that will enable an infant to meet developmental feeding milestones as they grow.
Our Team of Experts
Parents are at the core of our experienced and compassionate interdisciplinary team. Additional team members include:
- Physicians (pediatrics, pulmonology & consulting gastroenterology)
- Speech language pathologists
- Occupational therapists
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical therapists
- Child life specialists
Individualized Treatment Plans
Based on your babies needs, the team will then design an individualized treatment plan to improve oral feeding and immediately include the infant´s parent/caregiver in the process. Since parents or caregivers are at the core of this team, we strive to respect each family´s culture and customs as we help the infant to meet nutritional goals safely and effectively.
Infants experiencing the following may be good candidates for our inpatient program:
- Feeding disorders associated with concurrent medical conditions
- Swallowing dysfunction
- Failure to thrive
- Naso-gastric tube feeding
- Oral-motor movement difficulties
- Cleft palate
- Feeding aversion
- Sensory-motor issues
As discharge approaches, we work together to provide support for a successful transition to home helping the parents/caregivers coordinate with community resources to ensure ongoing success with their infant´s feeding.