Welcome to the Adolescent Medicine Department at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
The goal of the Eating Disorders Program at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center is to medically stabilize your child and help him or her become healthy again. If your child needs to be hospitalized, the following team members will be assisting in his or her care:
Physician - specializing in Adolescent Medicine. He/she will monitor height, weight, blood pressure, pulse and temperature. The physician orders tests based on these results. The physician discusses treatments such as healthy eating, weight gain, calcium intake, vitamin supplements, exercise and medications to help with emotional issues.
Nurse Practitioner - works with the physician providing medical treatment for your child. If your child is hospitalized, he or she will have a therapeutic meal once a week that includes meal monitoring and post-meal conversation to discuss feelings about the food.
Social Worker - provides emotional support to your child and family throughout hospitalization. Upon admission, discharge planning begins along with locating resources in the community to help with recovery.
Dietitian - creates a safe eating plan and answers questions about food. The dietitian helps discuss harmful myths about food and diet and helps guide your child toward healthy eating and living.
Nurse - provides daily care while in the hospital, including taking vital signs, medication administration, emotional support and meal monitoring.
Physical Therapist - introduced as soon as your child is medically stable. The daily therapy will include stretching which will advance to walking.
Child Life Specialist - help your child and family with adjusting to the hospital, if necessary. Child life specialists help reduce stress and anxiety by providing relaxation, coping techniques, emotional support, preparation for tests/procedures and activities. Individual activities are planned based on your child's daily schedule and needs. An activity example is journaling, which allows your child to express feelings and can be used as a therapy tool.
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