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Why choose a Registered Dietitian?
Registered Dietitians have the skills and knowledge to translate nutrition science into practical information. Studies show that Medical Nutrition Therapy can:

  • Prevent or reduce the severity of numerous diseases and their complications
  • Decrease the length of hospital stay
  • Increase performance in sports
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve health and well being

Registered Dietitians at Children’s:

  • Specialize in the unique issues of pediatrics
  • Completed extensive training and continuing education in pediatric nutrition

Top 10 Reasons to Refer Your Patients to a Registered Dietitian:

  • Your patient has diabetes, congenital health defects, hypertension, cancer, hyperlipidemia, or other chronic disorders
  • Your patient has digestive problems (Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome)
  • Your patient has food allergies which impact a major food group (for example: milk protein or wheat allergy)
  • Your patient was a premature or low birth weight infant or has deviated from their established growth curve and is not growing adequately (failure to thrive)
  • You are concerned about your patient’s weight or risk of becoming overweight
  • Your patient and their family wants to eat healthier
  • Your patient has or is at risk of developing a nutrient deficiency
  • Your patient has difficulty feeding, has issues with food or is showing signs of disordered eating habits
  • Your patient wants to improve their performance in sports

How do I refer a patient for an outpatient nutrition consultation?
Please fax 205-638-6047 the following items to our office:

  • Signed referral form for Medical Nutrition Therapy with specific diagnoses (with codes) indicated
  • The reason for the referral
  • Current medication list
  • Growth chart(s)
  • Any relevant laboratory values/test results
  • History & phyiscal/progress notes
  • Any relevant protocols

Once the appropriate authorizations and all necessary records have been obtained, then we will contact your patient’s family to schedule a consultation.

Have questions about how to refer a patient for nutrition services at Children’s? Please refer to our frequently asked questions regarding outpatient referrals for nutrition services.