Endocrinology (Hormones & Growth)

Two children waiting to see a pediatric endocrinologist

The way your child grows, develops and even feels, can depend on how well their endocrine system is working. Endocrine disorders create hormone imbalances that can affect a child's health in many different ways. Our pediatric endocrinologists provide care, treatment, education and supportive services to children dealing with both common and rare endocrine disorders.

 
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Made up of hormone-producing glands, the endocrine system controls many body functions such as growth and development, maturation, energy levels and mood.

And although Type 1 diabetes — also known as juvenile diabetes — is the most recognizable condition, Nemours pediatric endocrinologists treat other diseases of the endocrine system such as:

  • puberty disorders: premature (precocious) puberty, delayed puberty
  • growth disorders: short stature (growth failure), growth hormone deficiency
  • thyroid diseases: hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s disease), hyperthyroidism (Graves disease)
  • pituitary disorders: diabetes insipidus, hypopituitarism
  • adrenal disorders: Addison disease, Cushing syndrome
  • polycystic ovary syndrome and other menstrual disorders
  • genetic disorders: Turner syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, Noonan syndrome, Russell Silver syndrome
  • bone diseases and disorders of calcium and vitamin D: rickets and osteoporosis
  • disorders of sexual differentiation

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington


1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments

Phone: (302) 651-5965
Fax: (302) 651-5419

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Weekends/After Hours: (302) 651-4000

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What to Bring

Please bring all outside records, growth curves, X-rays, lab results, glucose meters and pumps.

Other items to bring with you:
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families
Endocrinology Resources
Medication Refills

Please request medication refills at the time you make your appointment — requests may take 72 hours to complete. Prescriptions cannot be refilled if your child hasn’t been seen in our clinic in the past 6 months.

When calling for a refill, please include:

  • your child’s name
  • medication name and dosage
  • pharmacy name and phone number
 
Growth Hormone Manufacturer Information and Resources

Growth hormone therapy requires prior authorization for a brand on your insurance drug formulary. Please notify your insurance company to find out what brand(s) is covered (preferred) with a prior authorization.

When growth hormone therapy is recommended for your child, the following list of growth hormone manufacturer websites can be helpful educational resources to become comfortable in making a choice for your child. Many of them include such tools as product and device information, storage and safety information, financial support programs, and instructional guides and demonstration videos. Reimbursement Center Case Managers can assist with insurance benefit investigation and coordination of growth hormone therapy.

Growth Hormone Manufacturers

Genotropin
Manufacturer: Pfizer Inc.
Reimbursement Center: Pfizer Bridge
Contact Case Manager: (800) 645-1280

Humatrope
Manufacturer: Eli Lilly and Company
Reimbursement Center: HRC-Humatrope
Contact Case Manager: (800) 642-2340

Norditropin
Manufacturer: Novo Nordisk, Inc.
Reimbursement Center: Nordicare
Contact Case Manager: (888) 668-6444

Nutropin
Manufacturer: Genentech
Reimbursement Center: Nutropin GPS
Contact Case Manager: (866) 688-7674

Omnitrope
Manufacturer: Sandoz, Inc.
Reimbursement Center: OmniSource
Contact Case Manager: (877) 456-6794

Saizen
Manufacturer: EMD Serono, Inc.
Reimbursement Center: Connections for Growth
Contact Case Manager: (800) 582-7989

Tev-tropin
Manufacturer: Gate Pharmaceuticals
Reimbursement Center: Growth Solutions
Contact Case Manager: (866) 838-8767


As a parent, you know the importance of balance in your child’s life — and, so does your child’s body. Too many or too few of certain nutrients or hormones can result in an endocrine system disorder disorder that can affect the way your child feels, moves and grows. Nemours pediatric endocrinologists are here to ensure that your child's body is properly reaching that balance.

Advanced Care for Children With Growth and Hormone Problems

Whether your child’s symptoms are mild or severe, our board-certified pediatric endocrinologists at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., have the experience and advanced training to recognize and treat your child’s endocrine disorder. We will assess and evaluate your child’s condition and offer the best treatment solutions to help your child start feeling better again.

For care that’s closer to your neighborhood, our pediatric endocrinologists also sees kids at our Nemours duPont Pediatrics primary care office in Seaford, Del., and at specialty care clinics in Pennsylvania including: Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square and Philadelphia.

 
Common Endocrine Disorders in Children
  • diabetes
  • disorders of puberty (delayed and early)
  • adrenal disorders
  • thyroid disorders
  • growth disorders
  • pituitary disorders
  • disorders of reproduction
  • sexual differentiation disorders
  • metabolic bone disease and juvenile osteoporosis
  • endocrine tumors, thyroid cancer
  • Turner syndrome, Noonan syndrome, Russell Silver syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome

Learn More About These and Other Children’s Health Topics From Nemours KidsHealth.org »

 
The Pediatric Endocrinology Care Team at duPont Hospital for Children

Our Nemours pediatric endocrinologists specialize in treating endocrine disorders in children. Along with our board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, your child's comprehensive care team includes:

  • nurses with advanced training
  • registered dietitians
  • licensed clinical social workers
  • certified diabetes educators (by the American Diabetes Association)
 
Diagnosing Your Child’s Endocrine Disorder

Our pediatric endocrinologists are experienced in evaluating diagnosing and treating children with all types of endocrine disorders. Some of the state-of-the-art technology and screenings we may use to help us assess your child’s condition include:

  • X-rays (for bone age assessment and other tests)
  • blood tests for endocrine disorders
  • bone density
  • body composition
  • nutritional assessment
  • growth hormone secretion tests
  • hormonal deficiency tests
 
Electronic Health Record: Keeping Everyone in the Loop

No matter where your child receives care at Nemours, your medical team (including your primary care provider) can access your child’s medical history, test results and visit notes anytime through our award-winning electronic health record system.

You can also view parts of your child's health records, communicate with your Nemours care team, make appointments, request prescription refills and more through our MyNemours online patient portal.

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Kids With Endocrine Conditions Come to Us From Across the Globe

Because of the extensive research efforts of our dedicated physicians and scientists, children diagnosed with multiple endocrine disorders from around the United States and abroad are referred to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. These kids often have complex medical conditions and seek the expert care and advice of our pediatric endocrinologists.

 
The Nemours Commitment to Family-Centered Care

At Nemours, we recognize the importance of the family in the care and healing process. Because many of the children we see have chronic illnesses that require repeated visits, we build strong relationships with our families that foster respect, dignity and collaboration. We’re also committed to educating children and families about the medical condition, and how best to manage it. Our goal is to get your child back to the business of being a kid as quickly as possible.

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