Endocrinology at Studer Family Children’s Hospital
Pediatric endocrinologists at Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart in Northwest Florida specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and other endocrine disorders, in children and teens. These conditions affect metabolism, mood, sleep, blood pressure, growth and development. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, start by talking with your child’s pediatrician. Your pediatrician can refer you to the right pediatric specialist at Studer Family Children’s Hospital.
Diagnosing and treating pediatric endocrine disorders
Experienced pediatric endocrinologists at Studer Family Children’s Hospital diagnose, treat and manage:
- Adrenal disorders, including congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- Bone and calcium disorders
- Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2)
- Early or late puberty
- Growth disorders
- Hormone imbalance
- Lipid disorders (high cholesterol and triglycerides)
- Menstrual disorders
- Metabolic syndrome
- PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) in adolescence
- Pituitary disorders
- Thyroid disorders (hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism)
- Vitamin D deficiency
Your child’s first appointment starts with a conversation with a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist. We listen to understand your child and your concerns. Your child’s doctor may recommend tests to help diagnose your child’s condition. Most tests, such as blood and urine tests, are done in our office. We also provide growth hormone stimulation testing.
Your child’s doctor takes the time to explain your child’s diagnosis and answer your questions. Then, we work with you to create a personalized care plan. Treatments may include oral medications or injections.
As your child’s needs change, so does our care. We provide ongoing care, education and management of endocrine disorders for children and teens until age 18.
Multispecialty care for pediatric endocrine disorders
If your child needs more care, you are connected to over 120 pediatric specialists and 30 pediatric specialties at Studer Family Children’s Hospital. That means your child’s care team may include pediatric endocrinologists, dietitians, adolescent medicine doctors, oncologists and other specialists. We work together as a care team to deliver comprehensive care for your child.
Advanced care for children with diabetes
At Studer Family Children’s Hospital, we provide emergency care and ongoing care management for children with diabetes. Our care team includes endocrinologists, certified diabetes educators and registered dietitians. We also keep your child’s pediatrician informed about your child’s diagnosis and care plan so your pediatrician stays a part of your child’s care team. We deliver a full range of care for children and teens with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, including diabetes education, nutrition counseling, insulin therapy, CGMs (continuous glucose monitors), and diabetes medications.
Nutrition counseling and diabetes education
Certified diabetes educators are part of your child’s care team and help your family navigate your child’s care. Our diabetes educators are experienced in working with children and explain diabetes in a way children can understand. We help you and your child understand their symptoms, how to monitor their blood glucose (sugar) levels, how to administer insulin, how to manage medications, and more. And pediatric dietitians work with your child and family on how to make healthy nutrition choices for living with diabetes.