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We help support the growth, development and well-being of children.

Dietitians at BC Children's Hospital work to optimize nutrition in order to support healing, growth, development and well being. Nutrition care spans childhood from premature infants to teens transitioning to adult care. We provide care through a variety of clinics and programs and this includes everything from basic nutrition counselling to acute care nutrition management to long term diet modification and enteral and parenteral feeding.

Outpatient pediatric nutrition counselling

Outpatient dietitian appointments are available for patients referred by a pediatrician. Physician referrals may be faxed to 604-875-2415. For further information contact 604-875-3294.

Our program

Nutrition Services provides leadership and expertise in the delivery and promotion of quality nutritional care to children, youth, women and their families. While the provision of patient care is the primary focus of Nutrition Services, activities and resources are also directed towards education and research to help fulfil the organization’s mandate as an academic health centre.

There are over 40 registered dietitians in the department, each working within their respective programs at Children’s, Sunny Hill or Women’s to assess the nutritional status and needs of patients at risk of less-than-optimal nutrition. They develop, implement, monitor and adjust nutritional care plans based on this assessment and each patient’s ongoing medical condition.

Patient and family education on nutrition and diet modification is provided as needed either on site or via telehealth. The department also operates the Formula Room, which prepares and distributes specialty infant and tube feeding formulas and the BC Metabolic Nutrition Program.


Children & youth

Pregnancy & lactation

‎Families are reporting challenges purchasing infant formula in some stores. Formula companies have confirmed that formula is available and store supplies can be restocked.

  • If you are required to self-isolate due to suspected COVID19 infection, ask a friend or family member to purchase infant formula for the duration of your isolation period (14 days).
  • Purchase ONLY the amount of formula you require for the isolation period; purchasing more than required may lead to shortages for others.
  • If you are having difficulty finding infant formula in stores, please contact formula companies directly; they may be able to identify which stores have formula available.

BC Children's hospital is unable to provide infant formula for community use.

All ages

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