Paediatric endocrinology

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, puberty, growth, blood pressure, calcium and bone metabolism, glucose, salt and water levels. Hormone imbalances are the underlying reason for a wide range of medical conditions.

 

Who do we help?

The independent paediatric endocrinologists who practise from our rooms support children and adolescents of all ages who suffer from hormone imbalances. They will diagnose, treat and manage growth problems such as short or tall stature, early or delayed puberty, diabetes, thyroid diseases, adrenal disorders, early or delayed menstruation, pituitary, calcium and bone disorders, weight issues, polycystic ovarian disorder, Turner syndrome, Prader Willi syndrome, Klinefelter’s syndrome and long term effects of cancers.

Diabetes mellitus

Paediatric endocrinologists diagnose, treat and manage diabetes mellitus in children and adolescents.

Diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders of which there are three main forms in children – Type 1, Type 2 and Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young or MODY. All involve a reduced ability of the body to handle glucose, 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 caused by an autoimmune process and requires the use of insulin.

The independent clinicians in our group are experienced in managing patients on both insulin injections and insulin pumps and have been trained in the latest technology and are involved in the latest research.

Type 2 diabetes is being increasingly diagnosed in Australian children due to the obesity epidemic and increased number of women with gestational and type 2 diabetes during pregnancy. Treatment involves a holistic approach using diet, exercise and behavioural change along with medication.

MODY is a genetic condition that runs strongly in families and affects a single gene. It may reduce the body’s ability to produce insulin, a protein produced in the pancreas that helps the body use glucose for energy. Some forms of monogenic diabetes can be treated with oral diabetes medications while other forms need insulin.

 

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, your child’s endocrinologist will start by asking you and your child about their symptoms. Examination regarding the problem will take place to assist with diagnosis. Investigations will then be ordered and depending on the problem further tests can be arranged to take place at the Queensland Children’s Hospital within a few weeks if needed.

Following diagnosis, a personalised treatment plan will be prepared that best suits your child. The actions in the plan will depend upon the diagnosis.

Your child’s endocrinologist will support you in the implementation and ongoing management of the treatment plan. This may include the involvement of a dietitian, diabetic educator, psychologist and other medical practitioners.


If you have concerns about your child’s hormones and their effect on general health, you may wish to seek the advice and support of a paediatric endocrinologist.

To make an appointment with a specialist, call Paeds in a Pod on 07 3177 2000 or use the booking form.


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