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Pediatric Endocrinology

Pediatric Endocrinology

Pediatric endocrinology is a specialty that deals with pediatric issues of growth, puberty, diabetes, or other conditions involving hormonal changes. A child's hormones can have an impact on how various biological systems function. They control a child's growth and rate at which they mature as they grow. Growth disorders, osteoporosis, bone disorders, rickets, childhood obesity, lipid disorders can all be caused by changes in the endocrine system.

At Rainbow Children’s Hospital, our dedicated department of pediatric endocrinology specialises in early diagnosis and treatment of hormonal problems in children and preventing long-term complications.

There are two distinct branches under which the services are offered at the department of pediatric endocrinology of the Rainbow Children’s Hospital where our child endocrinologist will provide the best treatment for your child.

Diabetes Services
- Educating and supporting the children with Type 1 diabetes
- Treating hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Advising on how to main a well-balanced diet without any sugar

Endocrine Services:
- Complicated stimulation tests required for proper diagnosis
- Full-time PICU services
- Full-time NICU services
- Genitoplasty Surgery
- Senior Geneticist
- Full-time and experienced dietitians

Endocrinologist at Rainbow Children’s Hospital can provide diagnosis and treatment for children suffering from hormonal disturbances including the following:
- Pediatric diabetes
- Pubertal disorders (polycystic ovarian syndrome, menstrual problems, late or early sexual development)
- Growth disorders (tall or short stature)
- Adrenal gland disorders
- Obesity & other metabolic complications
- Thyroid disorders
- Bone disorders (rickets, osteoporosis)
- Sex development disorders (micropenis, ambiguous genitalia)
- Neuroendocrine disorders
- Neonatal disorders (diabetes, hypoglycemia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia)
- Systemic illness & their endocrine complications (children with cancers, cystic fibrosis, chronic renal disease, thalassemia, etc.)
- Endocrine disorders (McCune Albright and Prader Willi syndrome, Turner’s syndrome)

Specialized care
Through our multi-specialty care programs, our team of pediatric endocrinologists, nurses, psychologists, and other specialists can help children with the following conditions:
- Pediatric diabetes
- Childhood obesity
- Growth hormone deficiency
- Sex development disorders

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Why Choose Rainbow Children’s Hospital for pediatric endocrinology?

Rainbow Children’s Hospital is one of the leading pediatric endocrinology treatment facilities for hormonal problems in children and disorders of the endocrine system. The state-of-the-art facility is supported by full-time PICU and NICU services in case the need arises. The hospital offers specialized care for pediatric endocrinology with multi-specialty support from other critical specialties round the clock availability of nurses, staff, and psychologists to oversee any complications. Rainbow Children’s Hospital offers some of the best pediatric endocrinology treatments in India with an expert team of doctors and 24/7 availability of specialists to handle any problem related to the endocrine system.

In Which centers Rainbow has a pediatric endocrinology?

Rainbow Children’s Hospital has one of the best pediatric endocrinology treatment facilities which are led by an expert team of doctors, 24/7 support from other pediatric specialists and staff. It is one of the best pediatric hospital chains in India with its healthcare facilities in the cities of Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Vizag, Vijayawada and many more units upcoming in other cities across India.

How did my child get Type 1 diabetes if no one in our family has it?

The exact cause of Type 1 diabetes is still unknown. Some researchers believe that it is the result of a complicated interaction between the genes, the immune system, and the environment. And yes, the risk of getting type 1 diabetes increases if there is a family history of the disease. But in most cases of type 1 diabetes, no one in the patient’s family had diabetes. Also, the rate of type 1 diabetes in youth is increasing with 3 percent annually. It is also important to remember that type 1 diabetes is not caused by anything your other family member might have done or by eating foods with high sugar content.

How often should I keep an eye on my child’s blood sugar levels?

Blood-sugar levels fluctuate throughout the day. It can be affected by several factors like:

What the child ate
Stress
Exercise or any physical activity
Pain
Insulin dose
Other illness that can lead to blood-sugar fluctuations

If your child has type 1 diabetes, you should check their blood sugar level before meals and before bed. If you are considering making a change in the diabetes management routine, you might have to check it more frequently.

Are there any signs of high and low blood sugar levels?

In children, the sign of high and low blood sugar levels can vary. For low blood sugar level, a child might show the following symptoms:

Headache
Tiredness
Feeling shaky
Hunger
Dizziness
Sweating
Blurred speech
Changes in behavior
Seizures
Loss of consciousness

The symptoms of high blood sugar are the following:

Increased thirst
Increased urine
Increased appetite
Blurred vision
Tiredness
Nausea
Vomiting
Abdominal pain
Rapid shallow breathing

My child has type 1 diabetes. Can they eat any food they want?

Technically, no one, diabetes or no diabetes, should eat whatever they want. One should stick to eating healthy foods and not overeat. However, for children with type 1 diabetes, parents have to put up some restrictions. Make sure that it isn’t too restrictive so that you don’t end up creating an undesirable environment for your child. The foods that you can give your child should have complex carbohydrates like:

Whole wheat
Brown rice
Fruits
Vegetables
Lentils
Beans
Oatmeal
Quinoa

There are certain foods that you should avoid giving your child like:

Diet (regular and diet)
High-fat and trans fat animal products (anything that has hydrogenated on the label)
Simple carbohydrates (refined/processed sugars like in white bread, pasta, pastries, cookies, and chips)

But this doesn’t mean that your child can have a chocolate cake on some special occasions. Putting too many restrictions will only lead to them sneaking food. This will result in an unexpected high blood sugar level. Give them healthy options and let them choose.

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