When your child faces a chronic disease, you want to build a relationship with health care providers you can trust. This partnership will help you and your child cope with the stresses and challenges in the years to come.

Our pediatric chronic disease doctors want to help your family see more successes than setbacks as you battle your child's chronic disease.

Our multidisciplinary care team has years of experience working with children who have long-term diseases. Our staff includes pediatric chronic disease specialists, child psychologists, physical therapists, nutritionists, social workers, nurses and other professionals. Together, we can help manage your child's condition so that your child can reach his or her full potential.

Conditions & Services

We offer comprehensive services for children with chronic illnesses and long-term disabilities, including:

Many of our chronic disease services are provided by Comer Children's physicians at La Rabida Children's Hospital.

Our Services

Experts at 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.

Infants and children who suffer from poor growth face a variety of health and developmental issues. Our chronic disease care team provides expert consultation for this complex condition, which is 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.

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.

At La Rabida, Comer Children's 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.

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
  • Care and support to young victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect
  • Ventilator management for children who require breathing assistance as they move from the hospital back to their home