The Growth and Nutrition Program was established in 1984 to evaluate and treat children with growth deficiencies known as "Failure to Thrive". There are many causes of growth deficiency including medical, developmental, nutritional, and psychological reasons and the most effective treatment involves a multidisciplinary team of experts. All Massachusetts children from birth to six years of age with declining growth can be referred for evaluation and treatment by their primary care providers to these clinics.
Clinics are held at:
- Baystate Medical Center (www.baystatehealth.org/Baystate);
- Boston Medical Center (www.bmc.org/pediatrics.htm);
- Brockton Neighborhood Health Center;
- Children's Hospital – Boston and Waltham (www.childrenshospital.org/clinicalservices/Site2160/mainpageS2160P0.html)
- Fernandes Center for Children & Families at Steward-St. Anne’s Hospital (steward.org/Saint-Annes/Services-and-Clinical-Centers/Pediatrics/The-Fernandes-Center-for-Children-Families;
- Greater Lawrence Family Health Center;
- Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus (www.lowellgeneral.org/pedigrowthandnutrition);
- University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center
The multidisciplinary team usually includes a physician, a dietitian, a nurse, a social worker, and a psychologist or case manager. Some clinics may offer additional services such as feeding groups.
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For more information, please contact Julie.Schaeffer@state.ma.us.