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Endocrinology and Diabetes

Pediatric Endocrinology and Pediatric Diabetes

Pediatric endocrinology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children with diseases of the endocrine system, such as diabetes and growth disorders. The foundations of the endocrine system are glands and hormones. Together, glands and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ and function of our bodies. The endocrine system is in charge of body processes that happen slowly, such as cell growth.

Hormone levels can be influenced by factors such as stress, infection, and changes in the balance of fluid and minerals in blood. The endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function and metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes.

The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center consists of a team of board-certified pediatric endocrinologists devoted to treating your child’s hormonal problems, from infancy to their adulthood. We were named one of the Top 50 Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrine Disorder programs in the country by US News and World Report. The Pediatric Diabetes team consists of experienced physicians, certified diabetes nurse educators and nutritionists, as well as a mental health support staff. We offer both individual and group classes for pediatric diabetes education.

Our pediatric endocrinology group practice offers advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols for a variety of medical problems. We provide in-patient and outpatient consultations in New Hyde Park and several satellite offices in the area. At Cohen Children’s Medical Center, we also offer a program for juvenile diabetes that is approved by the American Diabetes Association. Within this program, we treat hundreds of children with all types of diabetes and offer support for insulin-infusion pumps and continuous glucose monitoring.

Our pediatric endocrinology center is also recognized by New York State as a referral center for newborn screening in congenital hypothyroidism and adrenal hyperplasia.

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. Depending on the urgency of the situation, we will try to accommodate you by scheduling an appointment with one of our doctors as soon as possible.

During your first visit, the Pediatric Endocrinologist will review your family’s medical history, your child’s entire birth and medical history, 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 fairly simple. If your child is talking, take time to tell him or her that they are going to see the doctor for a check-up. 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.

Make an Appointment with our Pediatric Endocrinology Division:
Cohen Children’s Medical Center makes it easy for you to take the first steps in ensuring your child receives world-class pediatric endocrinology care. Simply click the request an appointment button and set up an appointment with one of our caring and dedicated pediatric endocrinologists, or call 516-472-3750.

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