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:

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.

For more information including locations and telephone numbers, click on:

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For more information, please contact Julie.Schaeffer@state.ma.us.


This information is provided by the Nutrition Division within the Department of Public Health.