Endocrinology (Hormones & Growth)

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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.

 
Learn More About Pediatric Endocrinology

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 duPont Pediatrics, Philadelphia

833 Chestnut St. E., Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200
For Information: (215) 861-8830

Mondays: 9–11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Every other Thursday: 1–4 p.m.

To schedule an appointment with a pediatric endocrinologist, call: (215) 955-1648

 
What to Bring
  • 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
Medication Refills

Please request medication refills at the time you make your appointment – requests may take 48 hours to complete.

When calling for a refill, include:

  • your child’s name
  • medication name and dosage
  • pharmacy name and phone number
  • prescriptions will not be refilled if you have not been seen in our clinic in the past six months

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 little of certain nutrients or hormones can result in an endocrine system disorder that affects your child’s energy, mood, and even reproduction. Nemours pediatric endocrinologists are here to ensure that your child's body is properly reaching that balance.

That’s why it’s important to have the experience of a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist from Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Philadelphia caring for your child. We have the experience to identify the cause of these disorders and the resources to help your child start feeling better again.

 
Common Endocrine Disorders in Children
  • diabetes
  • disorders of puberty
  • abnormal thyroid function
  • hormone and growth disorders
  • reproduction
  • sexual differentiation disorders
  • bone disease
  • Turner syndrome, Noonan syndrome, Russell Silver syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome
 
Our Pediatric Endocrinology Care Team

Nemours pediatric endocrinologists specialize in helping children with endocrine disorders. Along with our board certified pediatric endocrinologists, our comprehensive care team includes:

  • physician assistants
  • registered dietitians
  • licensed clinical social workers
 
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 diabetes and other disorders
  • bone density
  • body composition
  • nutritional assessment
  • growth hormone secretion tests
  • hormonal deficiency tests