Detecting Malnutrition in Children with Feeding Challenges

April 30, 2021 1:30 pm

This session will provide an overview of malnutrition in children with feeding challenges. It will include the definition of childhood malnutrition. As well as the current criteria, classification and clinical characteristics used to identify and document pediatric malnutrition. Current pediatric malnutrition screening tools will be reviewed. The essential components of nutrition assessment for the identification of pediatric malnutrition will also be discussed. Conditions that impose feeding challenges and put children at risk for malnutrition will be identified and intervention recommendations discussed.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Recognize children at nutritional risk for malnutrition
  • State criteria to identify malnutrition in children
  • Describe the process to identify and document malnutrition in children


  • Patricia J. Becker MS, RDN, CSP, FAND

    Patricia Becker is a board-certified specialist in pediatric nutrition and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has had a wide range of experience as a dietitian. For the past twenty years Pat has worked as a pediatric dietitian taking care of children from conception to adulthood, specializing in pediatric, preterm and neonatal undernutrition.

    She works as a Neonatal Dietitian at Dayton Children’s Hospital. Co-Editor of Pediatric Nutrition in Clinical Care 5th edition.

    Lead author of the Consensus statement for ASPEN / AND pediatric malnutrition. Author of the Pediatric Malnutrition Section of the Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual, first author of Validity and Reliability of Pediatric Nutrition Screening Tools for Hospital, Outpatient, and Community Settings: A 2018 Evidence Analysis Center Systematic Review.

    Co-author of Identifying Malnutrition in Preterm and Neonatal Populations: Recommended Indicators and of Academy of Nutrition.

    Author and presenter on pediatric malnutrition, pediatric nutrition screening and nutrition focused physical exam.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from Dayton Children’s Hospital

    Non-financial Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

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