Paediatric Endocrinology

  • Children with hormone problems may have either too little or too much of hormones that can cause problems with a huge impact on the child's growth and well being.

  • Thyroid problems and Diabetes are commonly known hormonal disorders in children, but there are several other hormones that are equally important.

  • Although many endocrine problems that affect adults can also affect children, the symptoms and signs may be different in children.

  • It is therefore important that children be followed by a Paediatric Endocrinologist and a care team that specializes in treating endocrine disorders in childhood.

Dr. Leenatha Reddy

Consultant Paediatric Endocrinology 

MBBS , MRCPCH, CCT( UK)

Paediatric endocrinology specialists look after newborns, infants, young children and teenagers to make sure their growth, development and hormonal and sexual maturation is progressing normally.

When should parents suspect that their child may have a hormone problem?

The Paediatric Endocrine Conditions that we see and treat in.

Some of the RED FLAGS: SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS that should ALERT parents to seek help include:

  • Poor or slow weight gain

  • Short for his/her age

  • Excess weight gain

  • Increased thirst and frequency of passing urine

  • Abnormal blood sugar levels

  • Neck swelling

  • Abnormal bone growth

  • Early signs of puberty

  • Delayed onset of maturation and puberty

  • Excess pigmentation or discoloration of the skin

  • Irregular menstrual periods in teenagers

  • Abnormal genitalia and unable to assign gender of the child

  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

  • Low blood sugar levels or hypoglycemia

  • Overweight/ obesity

  • Short stature

  • Thyroid problems(Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism)

  • Parathyroid problems( Hypo and Hyperparathyroidism)

  • Adrenal gland disorders  including Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Addison's disease, Cushing's syndrome.

  • Vitamin D problems, including Rickets

  • Bone metabolic disorders

  • Maturation problems : Early or Delayed puberty

  • Multiple pituitary hormone deficiency

  • Disorders of sexual development and maturation.

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