Intensive Day Hospital Feeding Program

Children who need more intensive treatment than we can provide in the outpatient clinic are seen in our Intensive Day Hospital Feeding Program.

Here, we help your child change the behaviors that prevent her from accepting foods in her mouth and learning to eat.

We may also provide occupational and speech therapy to support your child's treatment goals.

The Intensive Day Hospital Feeding Program is a leader in the field, treating more than 100 children each year, who come to us from all over the world.

Our experience at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Day Hospital Feeding Program was positive from beginning to end. The team truly understood our daughter’s feeding issues, which made it possible to tailor the program to her specific needs and the concerns of our family .

Our patients range in age from 15 months to 13 years, and our average patient is 4 1/2 years old. The length of stay in our program ranges from 11 to 23 days, and the average stay is 16 days.

Treatment schedule

Our program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, so you can return home in the evenings and on weekends. The usual Intensive Day Hospital Feeding Program stay is four weeks. After your child completes the program, our team will see him in outpatient clinic to ensure his progress continues.

Treatment goals

The goals of the day hospital program include:

  • promoting consistent mealtime acceptance
  • promoting weight gain
  • increasing the variety of foods the child will eat
  • promoting development of oral motor skills for feeding
  • promoting developmental feeding skills, such as cup drinking and self-feeding
  • transitioning from tube to oral feeding
  • caregiver training

About our staff

Your child's treatment team is a group of professionals from different specialties who work together to identify and treat your child's feeding problems.