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Pediatric Endocrinology

When it comes to your child’s growth, puberty and any disorders related to hormones, it’s important to understand pediatric endocrinology. We’re here with more information about the endocrine system, and to help your child continue to grow and develop. Our pediatric specialists are tuned into kids of all ages, including as they develop toward young adulthood.

What Is Pediatric Endocrinology?

Pediatric endocrinology is the study of a child’s endocrine system, which controls the hormones in the body. The endocrine system controls glands including the pituitary gland, pancreas, adrenal glands, reproductive glands and the thyroid. Ensuring your child’s endocrine system is working properly can not only verify that their body is working as it should but that their body develops appropriately through puberty and other developmental changes.

Pediatric Endocrine Conditions

While the endocrine system regulates metabolism, reproductive, growth and sleep, there are conditions to be aware of that can disrupt the system. Conditions that can occur in the endocrine system include:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Early or delayed puberty
  • Pituitary gland hypo/hyperfunction
  • Adrenal gland hypo/hyperfunction
  • Ovarian and testicular dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Obesity

These conditions can occur when the body produces too much or too little endocrine hormones.

Pediatric Endocrine Treatments

Depending on the severity of your child’s endocrine condition, your pediatrician may refer you to a pediatric endocrinologist. Your doctor can test your child’s blood or urine to determine hormone levels and any endocrine disorders. Pinpointing the problem with hormones can be difficult, so multiple and routine tests may need to be done. Once your doctor can determine the condition, medication can be prescribed to help level out hormones.

Banner Children’s is focused on providing the best care and treatment options available. Our caring staff will be by your side and is here to answer any questions you may have.