“We were all ready to head out on a college tour upstate,” remembers Elliot Greene. “The night before we were to leave, my son, Geoffrey, complained that he wasn’t feeling so well—there was some abdominal cramping and he had no appetite.

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Treatment for Pediatric Endocrine Disorders

718.246.8600

New York Methodist endocrinologists specialize in treating children with a variety of gland and hormone disorders, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Growth Disorders
  • Delayed or Early Puberty
  • Childhood Obesity

Diabetes

Standards of care for children with diabetes differ from those for adults. However, today, children with diabetes have more options for blood glucose testing and insulin administration than ever before. Exciting new developments occur regularly. With proper daily care and treatment, children with diabetes lead healthy, active, fun-filled lives. Learn more about children with diabetes services.

Growth Disorders

The endocrine disorders that lead to problems with a child's growth (either excessively short or excessively tall in size) are related to hormones produced by the pituitary and thyroid glands. Early diagnosis and treatment can alleviate both physical and psychological symptoms of these disorders.

Delayed or Early Puberty

Puberty is the process of physical development from the first signs of adolescence to full adult maturity. It is brought about by the transport of hormones from the brain to the pituitary gland in the head, then from the pituitary to the sex glands. The sex glands produce estrogen in girls and testosterone in boys. Normal puberty takes from four to five years in both sexes, but occurs earlier for girls than boys. Problems arise through "mistiming" of puberty, which is either early (precocious) or delayed. Talk with your doctor about the most appropriate treatment options.

Childhood Obesity

The very great majority of children who are overweight have no underlying disease process. However, there are some unusual diseases in childhood associated with increased weight, including:

  • Underactivity of the Thyroid Gland
  • Overactivity of the Adrenal Gland
  • Certain Congenital (present at birth) Health Problems Associated with Excessive Eating

Simple tests indicate these conditions. In most cases, the combination of diet and exercise is the best way to manage childhood obesity, but prescribing hormones is an option. Learn more about our weight management program for children.

For more information, call 718.246.8600.


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