Comprehensive Care for Childhood Endocrine Disorders
Children who have hormone-related conditions that affect metabolism, growth, and development need the expertise provided by a pediatric endocrinologist and a team of experts who provide comprehensive care. At Duke Children's, we treat the full range of hormone- and endocrine-related conditions, including diabetes and thyroid disease. We also provide specialized care for puberty disorders, gender-related conditions, and more. Our goal is to help your child live with and manage their condition as they grow to adulthood.
Why Choose Duke to Care for Your Child’s Endocrine Disorder
There are many reasons why you can feel confident choosing Duke Children’s for your child’s treatment.
- We are ranked among the nation’s best hospitals for pediatric diabetes and endocrinology care by U.S. News & World Report. This honor recognizes the comprehensive, team-based care we provide for all types of endocrine disorders to children of all ages.
- We are one of the few centers in the Southeast offering specialized care for children with lipid disorders, thyroid disease, gender disorders, obesity, and osteogenesis imperfecta (a children’s bone disease).
- Your child’s endocrinologists work with a wide range of pediatric specialists -- from experts in kidney disease, urology, and cancer to psychologists, genetic counselors, gender care specialists, and more. We make sure your child gets complete care.
- Children who need hospitalization are cared for by teams that specialize in taking care of young patients and supporting families. This includes our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), whose experts are skilled in providing compassionate, round-the-clock care to the youngest and most critically ill children. Our pediatric endocrinologists work closely with hospital-based team members to provide your child seamless care.
- We help your child transition to adulthood. Our pediatric endocrinologists work collaboratively with specialists throughout Duke Health, so we make it easier for your older teen to transition to adult care and services.
- We are experts in evaluating and managing genetic obesity disorders, including Prader-Willi syndrome and other conditions that cause severe weight gain in early childhood. Our team includes a pediatric endocrinologist and nutritionists who work closely with sleep specialists, gastroenterologists, psychologists, and developmental pediatricians.
- Our pediatric endocrinologists are also researchers. As an example, we were the first hospital to use insulin pumps for infants and toddlers with diabetes; we were also among the earliest to show the benefits of medicine in treating obese and prediabetic children.
If your child has a lifelong condition like diabetes or needs complex care that affects their growth and development, it can be hard for the entire family. We offer a variety of family-friendly services to explain what’s happening -- to your child and their siblings -- and offer emotional support to the entire family.
- If your child is in the hospital, you can relax in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room. You can grab a light meal, shower, do laundry, or use a computer with internet access.
- Our child life specialists offer support, education, and guidance to help you and your child during treatment and hospitalization. They are here to make your child's health care experience easier -- whether it's explaining a procedure, offering encouragement, or using fun activities to take your child’s mind off treatment.
- We can help you navigate the medical system and will coordinate the variety of health services your child needs. Our social workers can help you work with insurance providers, connect you with resources, and help you manage the details related to your child’s care.