The Eating Disorders Treatment Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is the most comprehensive hospital-based program for the evaluation and treatment of eating disorders in children, adolescents and young adults through age 21, in Miami-Dade county, Florida. As we are based within a children’s hospital, we have the full complement of sub-specialists available to address the spectrum of symptoms and signs that may be associated with an eating disorder such as anorexia.
Our multidisciplinary treatment team includes specialists from adolescent medicine, psychology, nutrition, social work, nursing and child life. We use a comprehensive approach to care for your child. In addition to establishing the diagnosis, the program helps with medical stabilization and addresses the issues that contribute to the initiation and progression of this disorder.
- Our program includes the outpatient adolescent medicine clinic, inpatient medical care, and if needed inpatient psychiatric care. The level of care needed varies depending on the severity of the eating disorder symptoms and associated medical problems Once an individual becomes medically stable the adolescent may benefit from intensive outpatient services. Sometimes, extended inpatient care is needed to sustain progress.
- Improvement of symptoms usually occurs when the individual with the eating disorder and their family have gained significant insight into the role of the illness in their lives and are motivated to explore different coping strategies.