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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Chronic Disease: Services Offered

Failure to Thrive

Infants and children who suffer from poor growth face a variety of health and developmental issues. Our chronic disease specialists provide expert consultation for this complex condition, characterized by slower than normal growth rates. This condition often frustrates families, but we can provide the knowledge and resources to help parents become actively involved in managing their child's care--and put them back in control. Proper nutrition, improved feeding techniques, medication, and other therapies can make a significant difference in your child's health and development.

Sickle Cell Program

At La Rabida, the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital doctors address the special needs of families affected by all types of sickle cell disease, including sickle cell anemia, sickle C disease, and sickle-beta thalassemia conditions. Services such as genetic counseling, disease management, and pain management are available for your child.

Chicago Children's Diabetes Center

Here, experts at the Comer Children's work in tandem with doctors at La Rabida to provide a unique care experience. The only clinic of its kind in Chicago, the center offers thorough diagnosis and evaluation, medical management, and personalized counseling and family education.

Rehabilitation

Many children with chronic diseases benefit from rehabilitation that takes into account their development as well as their disease. Our staff can provide inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative services for children with a variety of needs. If your child suffers from rheumatic conditions, such as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, or brain injuries, we can provide an array of options. These include physical therapy, speech therapy, and family education.

Other Programs and Services

Some of the other services available from the chronic disease care team include:

  • A pediatric incontinence clinic, run by a pediatric kidney specialist and psychologist
  • Ventilator management for children who require breathing assistance as they move from the hospital back to their home
  • Care and support to young victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect