What is it?
Paediatric endocrinology is the treatment of medical conditions in children that are caused by problems with hormones, resulting from overactivity or underactivity of the endocrine glands. Hormones regulate metabolism, respiration, growth, reproduction, sensory perception and movement. Hormone imbalances are the underlying reason for a wide range of medical conditions.
Who do we help?
Our paediatric endocrinologists support children of all ages and adolescents who suffer from hormone imbalances. We diagnose, treat and manage growth problems such as short stature, early or delayed puberty, metabolic disorders, thyroid diseases, excessive or insufficient production of hormones and some cancers.
Our team diagnoses, treats and manages diabetes mellitus or ‘diabetes’ in children.
Diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders of which there are two main forms in children – Type 1 and Type 2. Both involve a reduced ability of the body to handle blood sugar, a type of sugar transported in the blood.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common endocrine condition affecting children. It is a life-long, chronic disorder and requires the use of insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is being increasingly diagnosed in Australian children. It can be prevented and managed through diet, exercise and regular blood glucose monitoring.
What do we do?
Hormone levels affect many different systems in the body – one gland can affect parts of the body far from the site of the glands themselves. So, first our paediatric endocrinologist will ask about symptoms. Blood pressure, blood and urine samples may be taken, and the condition of the skin, hair, teeth and mouth reviewed.
Following diagnosis, a personalised treatment plan will be prepared. The actions in the plan will depend upon the diagnosis.
Our paediatric endocrinologists will support you in the implementation and ongoing management of the treatment plan. This may include the involvement of our dietician and other medical practitioners.