Is my child growing normally?
Everyone is different, so it is impossible to define “normal” for any one individual. You may notice your child is not growing as you might have expected. Or, by tracking growth on a growth chart, your doctor may detect a slowdown in your child’s growth rate. Together, you and your health care provider can determine what normal growth might look like for your child.
A few basics about growth.
What is growth deficiency?
“Deficiency” simply means a shortage, or not enough. So, the general term “growth deficiency” refers to lack of growth. In some cases, lack of growth is not related to your child’s health. For other children, the cause may be a disease, genetic syndrome, or growth hormone deficiency.See Types of Growth Disorders
When should I take action?
The bottom line is, if there are any issues with your child’s growth, talk to your doctor. A prompt referral to a specialist may offer the best chance for the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. That’s why it’s important to find out as soon as possible. The sooner your doctor knows what’s happening, the sooner you can start working on it—together.Talking to Your Doctor
What should parents know about growth hormone?
While slower growth can be caused by a number of problems (such as emotional stress, poor nutrition, or disease), it may be that the child’s body is not making enough growth hormone.
As the name suggests, growth hormone is the hormone responsible for making a child grow. It is produced by the body in the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain, just behind the nose in the center of the head.
From about 6 months of age and throughout childhood, growth hormone is a critical factor in a child’s growth.
If, after examining your child, a pediatric endocrinologist determines your child’s growth patterns are unusual, he or she may choose Norditropin® to help your child grow and develop.Diagnosing Growth Disorders