Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment for Children and Teenagers

Eating Recovery Center's Child and Adolescent Inpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Program is designed to support children and teens that are acutely ill and experiencing medical instability as a result of their eating disorder.

While the Inpatient level of care offers 24/7 medical and psychological support to address the physical complications that often arise as a result of an eating disorder, adolescent patients are not confined to a hospital bed or to their room. To the extent that they are physically able, adolescent patients are encouraged to participate in community meetings, groups and individual therapy and interact with the supportive eating disorder treatment community of patients and staff.

View a Child & Adolescent Program Sample Schedule.

Inpatient care focuses primarily on weight restoration and medical stabilization, offering round-the-clock nursing supervision, direct psychiatric care and medication management. Nourishing meals and social support prepare patients to step-down to the Residential level of care.

Medical support for children and teenagers with life-threatening eating disorders

Extremely low-weight children and adolescent patients may require medical stabilization prior to admission to our Inpatient unit. For these circumstances, we partner with the A.C.U.T.E. Center (Acute Comprehensive Urgent Treatment for Eating Disorders) at Denver Health Medical Center.

Patients stabilizing in the A.C.U.T.E. Center receive intensive medical support from Drs. Phil Mehler, Denver Health’s Chief Medical Officer and expert on the medical complications of eating disorders, and Jennifer Gaudiani, the Center’s Assistant Medical Director, as well as therapeutic support from Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center, to facilitate a successful transition to Inpatient treatment.

Learn more about ACUTE for extreme eating disorders.

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