For Children with Complex Medical Issues
Children, no matter what their health status, can be notoriously picky eaters. However, children with complex medical conditions may not be able to communicate with a caregiver what foods he or she likes or doesn’t like, which can lead to frustration and acting out. It can be very helpful for in-home caregivers to have a feeding and nutrition guide handy in order to create a more pleasant atmosphere at meal times.
What to include in your feeding and nutrition guide:
- A feeding schedule. Create a chart that includes each day of the week and list some appropriate food options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
- Likes and dislikes. List out foods that your child likes in the “likes” column and foods that the caregiver should avoid in the “dislikes” column to help the caregiver avoid frustration during feedings.
- Food modifications and special equipment. List if the child needs a certain type of food mashed up or liquefied before feeding or if there is a special piece of equipment needed during feedings or a routine that should be followed to make meal time go smoothly.
- Food allergies. Make sure that the caregiver knows all foods to which the child is allergic.
- Special routines. Be sure to mention if the child enjoys sitting in a certain place or using a certain utensil while eating.
Meal time should be a happy time for your child, and Genacta’s experienced caregivers can help create a positive, loving environment for him or her. We can provide customized care for children with complex medical issues in your home, group homes, supported living facilities, or wherever care is needed. Contact our team to learn more about our home care services.