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.

 
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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 Children's Hospital, Orlando


13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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Clinic Location: 4th Floor

For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

 
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
 
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As a parent, we know it’s not easy for you to hear your child has Type 1 (previously known as juvenile diabetes) or Type 2 diabetes. Although it’s natural to be concerned about what lies ahead, the pediatric diabetes experts at Nemours Children’s Hospital are prepared to help you and your child learn to live with the disease.

At Nemours, our Pediatric Diabetes Education Program is one of only a few in Florida accredited as a Center of Excellence by the American Diabetes Association — making us the first pediatric program in Central Florida to have achieved such an award, and only the second pediatric-specific program in Florida.

Our specialists work as a team to evaluate, diagnose, determine care plans and offer support and education to patients and families. Our care model is truly family-centered and empowering — a philosophy that respects the important role of families in healing.

 
What to Expect From Our Pediatric Diabetes Care

Once your child is diagnosed with diabetes, we’ll work with your family and your child to develop a treatment plan that fits your child’s needs. At each visit, your child will meet with members of our diabetes team. This multi-disciplinary, patient-centered approach to care ensures that your child has the opportunity to receive a variety of resources from our diabetes experts.

Along with ongoing care, we’ll give you diabetes resources from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other respected sources, to help you and others who care for your child when you’re not around know how to manage your child’s diabetes, too. You and your child will learn the basics of what it takes to successfully manage juvenile diabetes.

 
Helping Your Child Adjust to Life With Diabetes

While both juvenile diabetes and Type 2 diabetes requires daily maintenance, both are manageable. Our diabetes program employs a coordinated approach where the care is provided by a team consisting of physicians, diabetes educators, dietitians and social workers. We provide the tools — including a personalized treatment plan for your child — to help ensure patients and their families achieve the healthy lifestyle needed to manage their condition.

In addition to education, you and your child will meet with our diabetes educators and registered dietitians to learn about:

  • checking and tracking blood sugar levels
  • managing insulin and knowing how to make adjustments
  • preventing and treating hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia
  • how nutrition plays a role and the importance of carbohydrate counting
  • how to manage blood sugars with exercise
  • how to work with the school nurse to help manage blood sugars during the school day (with your permission, we can help)
 
Latest Therapies for Children With Diabetes at Nemours Children’s Hospital

At Nemours Children’s Hospital, we offer children with both Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes and Type 2 diabetes the latest treatment options, including:

Insulin Pump Therapy

A microcomputer designed to provide a constant supply of insulin, mimicking the job of the pancreas. It’s convenient, flexible and accurate, but requires extensive training to learn how to use it properly and to prevent complications.

There are certain criteria that must be met in order to be a pump candidate. Talk to your endocrinologist or nurse practitioner about your readiness for insulin pumping.

Continuous Glucose Monitoring and I-Pro Devices

Similar in size to the insulin pump, these devices require a small, thin needle inserted in the skin which measures blood sugars nearly continuously.

They provide:

  • "real-time" glucose readings
  • alarms when blood sugar is approaching dangerously high or low levels
  • information about blood glucose trends

You will need to talk to your endocrine provider and check with your insurance provider before considering or beginning these treatment options.

 
A Team Approach to Diabetes Care at Nemours Children’s Hospital

We have access to world-class experts in nearly every pediatric specialty throughout Nemours Children’s Health System. And since diabetes can affect a child’s health in many ways, our comprehensive care team also includes:

  • advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP)
  • registered dietitians
  • licensed clinical social workers and licensed mental health counselors
  • certified diabetes educators
  • research nurses for various endocrine study trials
  • nurses who specialize in performing all types of endocrine stimulation tests

In addition to your child’s initial diabetes education and follow-up appointments, we offer:

  • in-office hemoglobin A1c testing
  • access to 24-hour, on-call support for diabetes emergencies
  • convenient blood sugar reporting by email, fax or phone
  • inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services
  • information about the latest technologies and treatments
  • individualized diabetes education from American Diabetes Association-accredited programs
  • nutrition and weight management counseling
  • links to support groups for children with diabetes and their families
  • appointments with other Nemours specialists (if needed) to care for your child’s condition
 
National Awards and Recognition for Our Diabetes Program

At Nemours Children’s Hospital, we’re one of only 70 diabetes centers out of thousands nationwide to be recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as a Center of Excellence. This is an exclusive recognition for diabetes programs that advocate proper use and education for insulin pump therapy and glucose monitoring. Also, the Center of Excellence designation recognizes our health care providers for their efficient management and administrative services of our pediatric diabetes program.

 
A Commitment to Endocrine Research

We’re working to improve the lives of children, even those who never enter our doors. Our pediatric endocrinologists and scientists are involved in The Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Research at Nemours. That means the children we care for can directly benefit from our innovative research activities.

 
Camps, Classes and Support for Children With Juvenile Diabetes
  • Boggy Creek Camps
  • Florida Diabetes Camp
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Carbohydrate Counting classes
  • Healthy Lifestyle classes
  • Advanced Insulin Pump classes
  • Annual Diabetes Transition Class: This class is designed for older children transitioning to an adult provider and provides resource information such as:
    • adult endocrinologists
    • managing supplies and medications
    • college or other secondary school
    • diabetes and employment
    • insurance
    • driving, traveling
    • meal planning
    • alcohol and the effects on diabetes
    • complications and how to avoid them and more

A Hospital Designed by Families, for Families

At Nemours Children’s Hospital, family-centered care is at the heart of everything we do. In fact, families helped shape the unique amenities and convenient services that make our hospital like no other in the region.

 
If Your Child Needs to Stay Overnight in Our Hospital

You’ll feel right at home in one of our private patient rooms designed with input from families who know what it’s like to have a child in the hospital.

Our large, comfortable, single-patient rooms have sleeping accommodations for two parents, a private bathroom, wireless Internet access, connections for DVD players and game systems, and two flat-screen TVs.

Other in-room features include:
  • full floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light
  • refrigerator for family meals and snacks
  • wardrobe storage for personal items and a hotel-style safe
  • GetWellNetwork interactive television (uniquely based on your child’s age, medical condition and more) and allows your child to watch TV, surf the Web, check e-mail, play music and games, and learn about your Nemours health care team.

Our “hospital within a garden” setting features many places for you and your family to go for fresh air and relaxation, including a one-acre interactive sensory discovery garden or one of our rooftop gardens on the second and fourth floors.

We have many more comforts and amenities such as:
  • complimentary valet and parking
  • kid-friendly commons areas for siblings
  • café and coffee shop
  • nondenominational chapel
  • concierge services

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Advanced Pediatric Medical Imaging Services Available Onsite

If your child needs medical imaging, we offer some of the area’s most advanced pediatric radiology services here on campus at Nemours
Children’s Hospital.

Our unique services include:
  • interventional radiology: Our team of experts uses image guidance to diagnose and treat diseases and tumors throughout the body. Certain conditions that previously required open surgery can now be treated by Nemours pediatric interventional radiologists. We are very fortunate to have the only dual-trained pediatric diagnostic and interventional radiologist in the state.
  • neuroradiological or cardiovascular imaging, and fetal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Our subspecialty-trained pediatric radiologists see children with complex conditions who require this highly specialized imaging.
  • Central Florida’s only 256-slice Brilliance iCT Scanner: We are one of only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country to have this latest generation CAT (or CT) scanner that scans faster than most machines and produces excellent images in a much shorter time with much less radiation exposure for the child.

Our team of board-certified pediatric radiologists and pediatric radiologic technologists are experts in the safe medical imaging of children of every age, even newborns.

We have also pledged our commitment to the “Image Gently” campaign of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is increasing awareness of the opportunities to promote radiation protection in the imaging of children.

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Family-Centered Care Means We're Here for You

At Nemours, we want to hear your concerns and share with you everything we can about your child's condition and treatment. If English is not your first language, we'll make sure you understand what to expect — in your language.

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With Your Family From Clinic or Hospital to Home: KidsTRACK

If your child has a complex or chronic condition we encourage you to take advantage of KidsTRACK, a unique service of Nemours Children’s Hospital. Located on the first floor of our hospital, KidsTRACK is designed to help families by providing expert assistance and information on all aspects of your child’s care, even before you leave our hospital or clinic.

A KidsTRACK care coordinator is available during every step of diagnosis, treatment and healing — helping your family make a smooth transition from Nemours Children's Hospital to home. Your coordinator works alongside the nursing/case managers in our subspecialty areas and acts as a single point of contact connecting you to medical and community resources.

Simply ask your physician for a referral to KidsTRACK
or call (407) 650-7715.

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