Treatment for Pediatric Endocrine Disorders
New York Methodist endocrinologists specialize in treating children with a variety of gland and hormone disorders such as:
- Growth disorders
- Delayed or early puberty
- Childhood obesity
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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.
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 they best way to manage childhood obesity, but prescribing hormones is an option. Learn more about our Weight Management Program.
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