Get answers to your child's growth, nutrition, and feeding behavior questions.
Expert care in treating children with early growth deficiency and feeding difficulties.
An interdisciplinary, family-centered, outpatient clinic located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland, that provides comprehensive evaluations and interventions to infants and toddlers with failure to thrive or feeding difficulties.
Established in 1989, the Growth and Nutrition Clinic (GNC) is a statewide referral resource that has treated more than 1000 children. The interdisciplinary staff has the expertise to treat children whose growth deficiency results from medical, nutritional, psychological, family, or environmental causes.
Backed by federal funding, GNC staff have published more than 250 scientific papers and chapters. The Clinic is part of Children's HealthWatch, a national network of pediatric and public health researchers who study how public policies are related to children's health.
Patients receive five visits over six months:
Visit 1: Comprehensive, Interdisciplinary Evaluation
Visits 2 - 4: Intervention Follow-up Visits
Visit 5: Re-evaluation to Assess Progress
The Growth and Nutrition Clinic invites families to participate in an ongoing, confidential research study that explores recovery from growth and feeding difficulties.
Because growth and development problems can increase a child's vulnerability to long-term height and weight deficits, risk of infection, depressed cognitive, motor, and language development, and poor academic performance, GNC staff connect families with community resources to minimize associated risks.
The Growth and Nutrition Clinic works closely with the following organizations:
Children under age three years are referred by health providers if they meet any of the following criteria:
The majority of children followed by Growth and Nutrition Clinics successfully sustain growth after recovery. In a follow-up of 8-year-olds treated in the Growth and Nutrition Clinic as infants, more than 75% maintained a weight-for-age above the 10th percentile, a clear indication of adequate growth.1
Department of Pediatrics
737 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201