For parents, endocrine conditions and metabolic disorders can be difficult to detect in children, and it can be puzzling for parents to recognize and understand what their child is going through. At Cohen Children’s, we offer specialized treatment of diseases and conditions of the endocrine system, including diabetes and children’s growth disorders. Our dedicated physicians and health professionals are deeply committed to providing answers and excellence in care for these challenging diseases. Our goal is to restore the normal balance in your child’s endocrine system so they can get back to their regular daily activities as quickly as possible.
Our board-certified pediatric endocrinologists are committed to expert diagnosis and compassionate care of your child’s glandular and hormonal problems, from infancy, childhood, adolescence and into their adult years. Our pediatric diabetes team consists of experienced physicians, certified diabetes nurse educators and nutritionists, as well as a mental health support staff. We encourage patients and their parents to learn about diabetes by attending our individual and group classes in pediatric diabetes education. U.S. News & World Report rated us one of the Top 50 Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrine Disorder programs in the country.
What we treat
The pediatric endocrinologists within the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Cohen Children’s provide diagnosis and treatment for a full range of pediatric endocrinology and diabetic disorders including:
- Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Growth problems, including short stature
- Thyroid diseases, including congenital hypothyroidism
- Delayed or precocious puberty
- Pituitary problems
- Adrenal disorders, including congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- Disorders of sex development
- Pediatric Urogenital Reproductive Endocrine Disorders Program
Before your visit
Before your child’s initial appointment with one of our pediatric endocrinologists, you will be asked to forward your child’s health history, relevant test results, growth charts and summaries of treatment of related conditions to our offices.
During your first visit, your pediatric endocrinologist will review your family’s medical history, your child’s entire birth and medical history, overall family growth patterns and medications. In many cases, a follow-up visit will be scheduled. Test results may be discussed by phone and/or at subsequent visits, and a treatment plan is formulated.
Preparing a child for testing and doctor’s visits is simple. If your child is talking, take the time to tell him or her that they are going to see the doctor for a checkup. Reassure your child that you will be present during the entire appointment. If you know that the child will require a blood test, it is advisable to prepare him/her for this event. As your child ages, you will have to explain the process to them in age-appropriate language and in more detail. Small children can be told the day before they are going, but older children will need more warnings, and probably several chances to talk about what they will experience to feel comfortable with the idea.
The goal of our pediatric endocrinologists is to appropriately diagnose and treat hormonal disorders in children of all ages, from infancy through adolescence. We realize that doctor visits are not always pleasant for children, but aim to treat our patients with dignity and respect and provide care in an environment that is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Juvenile diabetes patient education
All new, onset diabetes patients and families are provided with extensive personalized instruction and diabetes patient education. Additionally, we provide an informational packet which contains educational sessions and helpful printed materials. Our specialists will also direct you to online information related to your child’s condition.