Childhood growth and development can be complicated, but specialized care helps families manage any issues that may arise.
Manish Raisingani, MD, pediatric endocrinologist with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health, shares more about how he helps Louisiana kids get and stay healthy by diagnosing, treating and managing any complications
What Do Pediatric Endocrinologists Do?
Pediatric endocrinologists are specialists who treat children with a range of issues, including:
- Diabetes, weight gain and cholesterol problems
- Growth issues and thyroid problems
- Early and delayed puberty
- Disorders of the adrenal gland
- Bone issues, including having a history of repeated fractures and vitamin D-related problems
Why Pediatric Endocrinology?
Dr. Raisingani was drawn to this field during a pediatric endocrinology rotation while in his general pediatric residency. “I was fascinated by the fact that very small endocrine organs like pituitary gland and thyroid gland make hormones that control the entire body. An 8-millimeter, tiny pituitary gland in the brain makes hormones that control your growth, puberty and energy levels.”
When to Seek a Pediatric Endocrinologist
If you see any growth problems, early or late puberty, or other disorders related to hormones or the glands that produce hormones, it’s important to see a pediatric endocrinologist right away. Your pediatrician can help you know if you need to seek specialized care from a pediatric endocrinologist.
“The earlier we can diagnose and treat something, the more impact we can make,” Dr. Raisingani says. “Type 2 diabetes is increasing in young children, in part due to today’s lifestyles. It’s very important to eat healthy and exercise daily to prevent obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other complications.”