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What is a pediatric endocrinologist?

A pediatric endocrinologist treats children with conditions that affect the hormones and the glands that produce them. Hormones are chemicals the body makes to control body functions like growth, breakdown of food, and reproductive cycles.

If your child has diabetes, problems with growth, or early or late puberty, your pediatrician may recommend that he or she see a pediatric endocrinologist. Because children are still growing, their problems are often quite different from those commonly seen by endocrinologists who treat adults.

Our pediatric endocrinologists are part of a multispecialty team that includes diabetes educators, endocrine nurses, a clinical dietitian, a social worker, and specialists available to address other concerns.

What are some conditions a pediatric endocrinologist treats?

The pediatric endocrinologists at McLane Children’s Scott & White can draw on a multidisciplinary team to support all facets of diabetes care, including diabetes education, to promote optimal self-management.

Our diabetic educators and dietitians provide education on all aspects of diabetes care and living with diabetes, and we treat all forms of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes, or juvenile onset diabetes, a condition in which the production of insulin by the pancreas is insufficient to regulate blood sugar
  • Type 2 diabetes, often linked to overweight and obesity, where insulin is available but is not working well enough
  • Cystic fibrosis–related diabetes, which is treated in conjunction with pediatric pulmonology
  • Other rare forms of diabetes, which include lipoatrophic diabetes mellitus, neonatal diabetes mellitus, and maturity-onset diabetes of youth (MODY), also known as monogenic diabetes.

Endocrine Disorders
The Scott & White pediatric endocrinology team cares for a variety of other disorders:

  • Growth disorders
  • Early or delayed puberty
  • Thyroid disorders, including underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Adrenal gland disorders (congenital adrenal hyperplasia)
  • Rickets, calcium disorders, and bone disorders
  • Hirsutism and polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Genetic syndromes with endocrine concerns, such as Turner, Noonan, Down, and Prader-Willi syndromes

Weight Issues
Childhood obesity is becoming an epidemic around the world. McLane Children’s has a comprehensive evaluation program to address unhealthy weight gain and childhood obesity. Our doctors and dietitians can screen your child for complications from excess weight and refer you to appropriate pediatric specialists if needed.

Our education staff will help you and your family develop a weight and lifestyle management plan to help your child achieve his or her weight goals.

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