What We Treat

Children with eating disorders often require hospitalization for medical stabilization due to complications of malnutrition. Medical stabilization includes normalization of vital signs, electrolyte abnormalities and bowel function through a gradual and safe nutrition plan in order to correct malnutrition. A nutrition plan includes structured meals and may require nasogastric tube feedings.

Our goal is to help your child be more medically ready to transition to the appropriate level of eating disorder therapy and treatment. To provide medical stabilization, we use a multidisciplinary treatment team approach that includes pediatrics, psychiatry, nutrition, nursing, child life, social work and case management. This multidisciplinary team is led by the pediatrician. 

Services We Offer

  • Pediatric care: Our experienced pediatric staff will closely monitor your child’s vital signs and laboratory values and treat any abnormalities.
  • Psychiatry: We assess and diagnose psychiatric conditions such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and coexisting conditions like major depression and anxiety.
  • Nutrition: We assess your child’s nutritional status and develop a nutrition plan, which may include nasogastric tube feedings, to correct malnutrition. We provide nutrition education and support for patients and families.
  • Nursing: We provide 24-hour care and monitoring of vital signs, nutritional intake and prevention of unhealthy or disordered behaviors in a structured setting.
  • Case management: We offer help navigating your insurance benefits and post-discharge planning. We help to identify treatment centers or services at the approval level of care, once your child is medically stabilized at Children's.
  • Social work: We provide support to families to ensure their needs are met.
  • Child life: We provide education and work to normalize the hospital experience for your child.

Our Unique Approach

At Children’s, we developed a care guideline to help our Emergency Department physicians identify patients in this high-risk population and guide these physicians in making admission decisions. Our inpatient care guideline uses the most up-to-date American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on the medical stabilization of eating disorders. These guidelines support our team through a systematic treatment approach.

Meet the Team

Meet the eating disorders team

Helpful Resources

Ways to get involved

Whether you're a patient, family member, staff member or donor, if you're part of the Children's family, you play an integral role in making a difference in the care we provide for the many families that need our services. 

  • Share your story and be part of ours.
  • Recognize a staff member: Our staff is passionate about providing the best care for children with eating disorders. Along the way, they build relationships with the entire family. We would love to hear about staff you encountered who went above and beyond.
  • Make a donation: Our generous donors are dedicated to helping ensure children with eating disorders receive the best possible care and the resources they need to succeed. As a Children's donor, you know your gift will be used to support dedicated pediatric care for children with eating disorders.