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Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes

Is your child having problems with diabetes, puberty, growth or other hormone disorders? MaineHealth pediatric endocrinologists provide expert care for hormone disorders in children and young adults. Our teams include pediatric endocrinologists, diabetes educators, dietitians and social workers. 

What is a pediatric endocrinologist?

Pediatric endocrinologists are trained to diagnose, treat and manage hormone disorders in all stages of childhood and adolescence. Endocrinology issues in children and teens are often very different than in adults.

Conditions that pediatric endocrinologists treat

  • Adrenal diseases
  • Calcium and phosphorus metabolism disorders
  • Diabetes, including type 1 and type 2
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Growth and pituitary gland disorders
  • Irregular periods and excessive production of male hormones (androgens) in females
  • Metabolic bone disease
  • Obesity and insulin resistance
  • Puberty disorders
  • Thyroid diseases

Symptoms of pediatric endocrine disorders

Pediatric endocrine disorder symptoms can be similar to many other conditions. Talk with your family doctor if you suspect your child may have an endocrine disorder. Symptoms may include:

  • Upset stomach
  • Dehydration
  • Changes in skin
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal growth rates
  • Weight loss
  • Fast heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Nervousness
  • Constipation

How are pediatric endocrine disorders treated?

Treatment varies for each different type of pediatric endocrine issue. Our care team will work with you and your child to create a treatment plan that fits their needs and lifestyle.

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