Inpatient behavioral feeding

The Inpatient Behavioral Feeding Program at Children's Wisconsin provides intensive behavioral assessment and intervention for children with feeding disorders.

The program includes:

  • Ongoing assessment of feeding problems
  • Development of a behavioral treatment plan.
  • Reduction/elimination of tube feeding to encourage hunger and increase motivation for oral feeding.
  • Intensive feeding therapy with a pediatric psychologist specializing in feeding disorders.
  • Training and other education to provide parents the skills necessary to respond to behavioral problems and maintain successful oral feeding at home.
  • 24-hour supervision for children who require physician and nursing care for fluid and nutrition intake.

Goals are individualized for each child, but may include:

  • Improving quantity of oral feeding.
  • Increasing the variety of foods and textures accepted.
  • Decreasing mealtime behavior problems.
  • Teaching the child to associate hunger with feeding.

Children are admitted to the program for about a two-week inpatient stay when:

  • Medically necessary.
  • Outpatient treatments have been ineffective.
  • Their nutritional and weight status is adequate for intensive behavioral intervention.
  • Parents agree to be present for all meals during the hospitalization.

To make an appointment, call the number below or use the "request an appointment" button to submit your request online.

(414) 607-5280

Toll-free (877) 607-5280

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(414) 266-6300