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Most children stay under the care of their pediatrician until they reach adulthood, typically between ages 18 and 21. Board certified adolescent medicine doctors at Baystate Children’s Hospital provide specialty care for teens and preteens, ages 10 to 22, who may need extra help with adolescent developmental and medical issues, including those related to:
- Eating Disorders
- Hormonal changes
- Sex (contraception, sexually transmitted infections, etc.)
- Substance Abuse
Our comprehensive adolescent care includes:
Eating Disorders Program
Eating disorders can have serious medical and emotional consequences. If you think your child or teen has an eating disorder or if they have been diagnosed with an eating disorder, talk to your pediatrician. They can refer you to Baystate Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Eating Disorders Program if needed.
Inpatient Care for Adolescents & Young Adults
When your child - 15 to 21 years old - needs to stay at the hospital, our Adolescent and Young Adult Unit provides the right environment for teenagers and young adults. Young people in this age group – no longer children but not quite adults – appreciate care directed toward their needs.
Our medical and nursing staff encourages adolescents and young adults to be actively involved in their care and to express their wishes and concerns.