Pediatric Lipid Clinic
2G Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital
Phone: 905-521-2100 x. 77761, Fax: 905-385-5033
Introduction to the Clinic:
The Pediatric Lipid Clinic is involved in helping families optimize their approach to a heart healthy lifestyle. Children are seen with disorders of lipid metabolism (abnormal cholesterol levels), many of whom have family histories of cholesterol disorders and premature coronary artery disease. The focus of the clinic is to improve the heart health of the child and family through an educational program administered by the interdisciplinary clinical team. In situations of severe lipid disorders, medications can be prescribed by the clinic physician.
Conditions We Treat and Services We Provide:
The primary mode of treatment for children with lipid disorders include diet and exercise and may include lipid-lowering medications in some children. The team in the clinic includes a pediatrician, pediatric endocrinologist, registered nurse, and registered dietitian. Team members are also involved in research directed at better understanding childhood aspects of lipid disorders and work towards optimizing cardiovascular disease prevention strategies.
The hospital is located at 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5.
Within the Children's Exercise and Nutrition Centre in the 2G Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital
2nd Floor, located beside the information desk at the main entrance of the hospital
What Happens When We Arrive?
When you arrive to the clinic please check in with the Business clerk at the reception desk. The business clerk will let the team know that you have arrived.
Staff will do their best to make sure you are seen at your appointment time. If you feel you have been waiting a long time please speak with a business clerk at the reception desk.
All referrals can be faxed to the clinic as noted on the referral form. When completing the form, check off pediatric lipid clinic and please include results of lipid profile testing and other test results that have been completed.
The clinics are not for emergencies. If your child needs to be seen on an urgent basis, please contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency department.
Changing Your Appointment:
Please contact us as soon as possible, if you need to change or cancel youc child's appointment.
If the patient is ill with any antibiotic resistant organism, MRSA, a communicable disease (such as chicken pox), or respiratory infection, please notify the staff at the reception desk upon arriving at the clinic as the child will be directed to a location other than the main waiting room
What Should You Bring To The Clinic:
Health Card for your child - the Ministry of Health requires us to validate your health card at every clinic visit
Any relevant x-rays, letters, or blood work
Any notes or questions that you may have
Information on any prescribed medications
Physician: Pediatrician/Pediatric Endocrinologist
The Registered Dietitian on the interdisciplinary Lipid Clinic Team is responsible for:
Teaching children with lipid disorders and their families about Heart-Healthy eating and lifestyle
Ensuring each child is growing properly at each clinic visit
Providing individualized assessment and dietary counselling
Working with children and their families on goal setting at each clinic visit to progress towards proper growth and heart-healthy eating
Recommending dietary supplements as needed to help in the management of lipid disorders
First line of contact. Responsibilities include providing direct therapies/patient care, education, coordination of diagnostic tests and involvement of outside agencies.
Child Life Specialist:
A Child Life Specialist provides psychosocial care to children and youth by helping them:
Understand and prepare for tests and procedures
Develop strategies to relax and to cope with stress or pain
Express their emotions
Follow treatment recommendations
Develop strategies to manage behaviours
A Child Life Specialist can, as needed:
Meet with patients at the time of diagnosis to assess their initial understanding and coping, then be available for follow-up on an ongoing basis
Provide age-appropriate teaching, and help patients voice their questions and concerns about their diagnosis
Help patients learn how to swallow pills
Meet with patients during their clinic appointments, or (if a Specialist is available) provide support during appointments outside of regular visits
Help patients develop strategies to cope and to advocate for themselves at school
Arrange peer support opportunities
Based on the results of fitness testing, the Kinesiologist uses the information provided to design an exercise plan specifically tailored to the ability and goals of the individual patient. This involves recommendations about enhanced physical activity within the usual daily routines and the recommendations for more specific exercise routines based on patients’ preferences and include resistance training, stretching, exercise ball, and aerobic activities.
Our philosophy is family-centered care. We strive to provide the best care possible