Why Refer to Pediatric Endocrinology?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a pediatric endocrinologist is specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage hormonal disorders in infants, children and adolescents. Most typically, pediatric endocrinologists treat diabetes and problems related to growth and puberty, but they are also qualified to diagnose and treat the following:
- Adrenal gland hypo/hyperfunction
- Ambiguous genitals/intersexuality
- Early or delayed puberty
- Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
- Growth problems, such as short stature
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Ovarian and testicular dysfunction
- Pituitary gland hypo/hyperfunction
- Problems absorbing vitamin D (rickets, hypocalcemia)
- Underactive or overactive thyroid gland
A Multispecialty Approach
The pediatric endocrinology team features board-certified pediatric endocrinologists. Expert team members include nurses and support staff dedicated to pediatric care, plus certified diabetes educators, social workers and a full-time dietitian. In addition, the team works closely with other pediatric subspecialties and departments at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital to provide coordinated, comprehensive and kid-friendly care.