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Throughout childhood and into the teenage years, children grow from young kids into young adults thanks to the endocrine system. When problems occur within this system of hormone-producing glands, children may suffer from diabetes, growth problems, or delayed puberty. To help put that biological clock back on track, a type of Doctor known as a Pediatric Endocrinologist tests, diagnoses, and treats patients ranging from infants to young adults.
The problems seen by Pediatric Endocrinologists differ widely from those seen by Endocrinologists who treat adults. Puberty and growth occur in the younger years of a person’s life, and when parts of the endocrine system don’t function correctly, it can throw these developments off kilter. Diabetes is one of the most common conditions you treat as a Pediatric Endocrinologist.
After running diagnostic tests and reviewing the patient’s medical history, you recommend a course of treatment. For a growth defect, this could be growth hormones, while for diabetes, you create a lifestyle plan for eating healthy, exercising regularly, and taking insulin.
In addition to your prescribed treatments, you may need to refer a patient to a Therapist. Physical problems that result in stunted growth or differences in appearance can lower a child’s self-esteem before it has a chance to fully develop. Therapists can help a child cope with the emotional and mental aspects of your diagnosis while you focus on the physical elements. Every child deserves a happy childhood, and you make sure medical problems don’t get in the way.