Pediatric endocrinologists diagnose, treat and manage children who are experiencing problems with growth, puberty, diabetes or other disorders related to the hormones and the glands that produce them.

Hormones are chemicals that affect how other parts of the body work. For example, hormones decide how a child grows and matures. Endocrine glands, such as the pituitary gland, release hormones into the bloodstream. Endocrinology is the science that studies these glands and the effects of the hormones.

Problems seen by pediatric endocrinologists are often quite different from those commonly seen by endocrinologists who care for adults, including:

  • Growth problems, such as short stature
  • Obesity
  • Problems with vitamin D, such as rickets or hypocalcemia
  • Early or delayed puberty
  • Enlarged thyroid gland, or goiter
  • Pituitary gland hypo/hyper function
  • Adrenal gland hypo/hyper function
  • Ambiguous genitals/intersex
  • Ovarian and testicular dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia