Written and researched by Marie Buckenmeyer
What does a Pediatric Endocrinologist do? Why does my child need a pediatric endocrinologist? A Pediatric Endocrinologist takes care of patients from birth to late adolescence. Children who have problem in growth and development, youth, Diabetes Mellitus, as well as other endocrine-related diseases that occurs during the early stages of life. It is the responsibility of a Pediatric Endocrinologist to treat a child with these kinds of health problems.
Chemicals that affect the proper functions of the other parts of the human body are called hormones. It is the hormone that decides how a certain child will grow and mature and at what particular stage and time. Hormones in the bloodstream are discharged by the pituitary gland. It is the study of Endocrinology that focuses on the glands and the hormones’ effects. A Pediatric Endocrinologist’s job varies from that of a general Endocrinologist in a way that the hormonal disorders being dealt with by a Pediatric Endocrinologists are those that occur during the childhood stages and puberty whereas from the endocrinologists who specialize in the care of adults.
In typically 50% of all clinical practice, the disease that is the most common under this specialty is Type 1 Diabetes. The growth disorders are second on the list especially the ones that are cured by the Growth Hormone Treatment. Pediatric Intersex Disorders are medically-cared for the Pediatric Endocrinologists, as well as hypo- and hyperglycemia, and problems in the adrenal, thyroid and pituitary organs. Pediatric Endocrinologists too have expertise in the metabolism of bone, lipids, congenital errors and pubescent gynecology.
A board certification follows the fellowship training in the countries of the United State and Canada for the medicine subspecialty known as Pediatric Endocrinology. This certification is issued by the Board of Pediatrics. This subspecialty has relatively limited procedures and importance on the evaluation of diagnostics.
Pediatric Endocrinology can be traced back to the pioneer of the pediatrics specialty, Lawson Wilkins, who practiced at the Pediatrics Department of John Hopkin’s Medical School and Harriet Lane Home, Baltimore. This occurred during the period of the late 1940’s and the middle of the 1960’s. In honor of the pioneer Wilkins, the North American Professional Association is named after the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society.
The training for Pediatric Endocrinology takes two to three years of fellowship and a finishing point of a three-year period of residency in pediatrics. Both the fellowship and the specialty are research- and academically-based. Pediatric Endocrinologists are found in diverse settings which include the children’s hospital, private offices, Medical Centers, Provincial and Large Community hospitals all over the country.
Pediatric Endocrinologists understand the totality of a child because children are more than just little adults. Children, in relation to their growth and development, have special needs that not just any other doctor can correctly diagnose and cure.