Frequently Asked Questions
What health issues do pediatricians address?
When should I get my child to the doctor?
Pediatricians offer the following services to children below 18 years of age:
- Regular wellness visits: assessment of growth and development, vaccinations.
- General sick visits: Care of children with acute and chronic medical illness.
- Emergency Pediatric services.
Who is a Pediatric Endocrinologist?
For routine scheduled vaccinations:
- For regular growth and development checkups.
- When your child is sick - If your child is having a fever, cold, cough, vomiting, breathlessness, loose motions, is severely tired or lethargic, is irritated/ crying excessively, or anything which as a parent bothers you regarding your child. Trust your intuitions as a parent and seek timely help to ensure your child's wellbeing.
What are the thyroid problems that can occur in children?
A Pediatric Endocrinologist is a specialist who deals with hormone disorders in children from birth to adolescence(below 18 years of age). Some common hormonal issues in children include:
1. Diabetes Mellitus - Type 1 /Type 2
2. Short stature and growth disorders
4. Thyroid gland problems
5. Puberty problems - Early/ delayed puberty, menstrual irregularities, PCOS
6. Adrenal gland disorders - CAH, Addison disease, Cushing syndrome
7. Vitamin D related bone disorders
9. Disorders of Sex differentiation
10. Others- Hypopituitarism, Turner syndrome, Prader Wili Syndrome
What is delayed puberty in girls?
Children too can develop thyroid problems:
1. Decreased functioning of the thyroid gland- hypothyroidism.
2. Increased functioning of the thyroid gland- hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid hormone is very important for a child's growth and brain development. So disorders of the thyroid gland should be identified at the earliest and treated appropriately. With the availability of good diagnostic and treatment modalities, it is now possible to accurately diagnose and effectively treat these children.
Delayed puberty in girls is defined as a lack of appearance of secondary sexual characteristics (breast development) by 13 years of age. The onset of normal puberty in girls depends on multiple, closely interlinked biological processes and abnormality of any of these important links leads to delayed or absent pubertal changes. It is important to remember that many physical and biochemical problems associated with disorders of puberty may be successfully treated with timely evaluation and intervention.