Welcome to the Department of Clinical Dietetics
Champion excellence and leadership in pediatric nutrition.
Provide the highest quality evidenced-based nutritional guidance and support of our patients.
We have dedicated registered dietitians who provide the highest quality evidence-based nutrition care in both inpatient and outpatient programs. Our certified lactation consultants manage the Breastfeeding Program and provide outstanding care to infants and their parents to support the use of human milk.
We work in a variety of settings and contribute to clinical care, resource and guideline development, quality improvement, as well as research. We precept dietetic students and provide nutrition education to visiting dietitians, medical, nursing, and a variety of trainees across the organization, nationally, and internationally.
Who we are
Registered Dietitians (RDs) are regulated health professionals within the province of Ontario. We specialize in several disease specific areas, and provide comprehensive nutritional support for each child and family. Here at SickKids our RDs specialize in particular areas of paediatric care and are recognized as experts in our field, highlighting nutritional needs as members of the health-care team.
Please visit the Breastfeeding Program to learn more about the role of lactation consultants at SickKids.
What we do
Registered Dietitians provide evidence-based nutritional care including nutritional assessment and growth monitoring of patients, recommend and guide nutrition care plans including specialized formulas, supplements, therapeutic diets, and parenteral nutrition, and offer nutrition-related education and counselling to patients and their families. Through the use of medical directives in the areas of nutrition support, enzyme dosing, and insulin adjustments, we maintain specialized standards of practice. Members of the Nutrition Advisory Committee (NAC) that reviews and oversees the monitoring and provision of nutritional support (oral, enteral and parenteral) to patients at SickKids.
The Department of Clinical Dietetics also provides nutritional education to other health care professionals, dietetic practicum training, and volunteer opportunities as well as participating in research, quality improvement, and resource development.
Supporting patients and families
Please note: the Department of Clinical Dietetics is not in a position to be able to provide general nutrition advice and a child must be connected through a physician or department at SickKids for referral to the dietitian within that program.
If you are meeting with a SickKids Registered Dietitian for the first time, be prepared to answer questions about your child’s diet, nutritional supplements and growth pattern. Please come prepared with any specific nutrition-related questions.
Get information about optimal nutrition for babies, toddlers, school-aged children and teens as well as healthy recipes. Information related to specific diagnoses and procedures is also available.
Student learning opportunities
Masters Diploma in Dietetics
Our department partners with Ryerson University’s Professional Masters Diploma in Dietetics program, offering student placements. Apply through Ryerson University.
Nutrition research topics
SickKids RDs participate in diverse nutrition research depending on their department of practice and clinical skill sets. Expand the list below for the full list.
- amino acid metabolism
- modified fat breast milk for chylothorax
- using breast milk for ill and medically comprised infants
- on-line education for gluten free diet teaching
- nutritional management in children with CACT
- heat modified starch in type 1 GSD, low glycemic index diet and modified cornstarch in GLUT-1 deficiency
- implementing a clinical practice change through adopting the nutrition care process
- ketogenic diet and hyperlipidemia, ketogenic diet and parenteral nutrition
- trace elements in parenteral nutrition
- growth outcomes in liver transplant
- enteral feeding protocol outcomes post liver transplant
- nutrition and body composition in gastrointestinal conditions
- enzyme therapy
- energy expenditure in lung transplant
- food insecurity and diabetes self-management
- assessment of carbohydrate counting accuracy
- assessing impact of gluten-free diet in in Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease
- blenderized enteral nutrition in a medically complex pediatric population
- nutrition, energy expenditure, growth and outcomes in children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia
- enteral nutrition in pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass surgery
- resting energy expenditure in critically ill children
If you require specific nutrition or breast milk advice please refer to resources listed above, AboutKidsHealth, or request your SickKids care team refer you to a registered dietitian or lactation consultant.
Inquiries regarding general information about the Department of Clinical Dietetics and our staff may be directed to: