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Specialized care for children and adolescents

It's often difficult to understand when food and eating issues shift into an eating disorder. Is it a phase? Is it picky eating? Is it excessive exercise? If you have concerns, whether it's a friend, a student or a patient, getting help early is the key to recovery. Melrose Center has a range of specialized programs designed specifically for the unique needs of children and families.

Parents and families can call 952-993-6200 to make an appointment. Health care professionals call 952-993-5864 to refer.

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Physical signs of eating disorders

  • Big changes in weight
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Diverting from their growth chart
  • Stress fractures
  • Fatigue or fainting
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Emotional and social signs of eating disorders

  • Intense fear of gaining weight
  • Negative or distorted self-image
  • Irritability or mood swings
  • Avoiding normal social activities
  • Fear of eating around family or friends
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Behavioral signs of eating disorders

  • Avoiding entire food groups
  • Skipping meals or making excuses for not eating
  • Hoarding food
  • Eating in secret
  • Only eating “safe” or “healthy” foods
  • Going to the bathroom or showering after eating
  • Wearing baggy clothing
  • Exercising excessively

If you think your child may have an eating disorder:

  • Start the conversation with, “I’m worried about your eating or activity level”
  • Start the conversation with, “I think it would be good for you to see a specialist to talk more about your eating and how you’re feeling about yourself”
  • Avoid using loaded terms like fat, weight gain and skinny
  • Avoid giving your opinion on weight or physical appearance

Support and therapy for the whole family

When children or teenagers have eating disorders, it can affect your whole family. Our family-based therapy program gives you the tools and confidence to help your child recover from an eating disorder.

The treatment your child needs is different from what an adult needs. We offer play therapy for younger children. This helps our team learn how the children are thinking and feeling. And they learn how to manage their feelings in a safe, healthy way.

Our programs include:

  • Family therapy: A chance to learn how to empower your child through recovery
  • Family day: A full day of learning for the whole family, including siblings
  • Family learning series: Eight weeks of sessions that focus on in-depth family skills
  • Play therapy: Help young children learn to manage their feelings in safe, healthy ways
  • Residential treatment: A place to get medically stabilized while receiving treatment

Our goal is to keep your child at home and give treatment through outpatient care. But sometimes, in serious situations, we recommend your child stay in our residential program for a short time. This allows your child to get medically stable.

To make an appointment, call 952-993-6200.


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