A pediatric endocrinologist is a doctor who cares for children who have problems with growth, puberty, diabetes or other disorders related to the hormones and the glands that produce them. Hormones are chemicals that affect how other parts of the body work. For example, hormones decide how a child grows and matures. Endocrine glands, such as the pituitary gland, release hormones into the bloodstream. Endocrinology is the science that studies these glands and the effects of the hormones.
Problems seen by pediatric endocrinologists are often quite different from those commonly seen by endocrinologists who care for adults. Special training in pediatric conditions as they relate to growth and development is important. Hormonal problems are often present for life. Pediatric endocrinologists deal with hormone disorders at all stages of childhood and the teen years.
As growing individuals kids have special needs related to growth and development. In addition, their psychological needs are different from those of adults. Hormone problems affecting growth or sexual development can have significant effects on a child's physical and emotional well-being. Pediatric endocrinologists are sensitive to these issues.
The support staff includes nurses, pediatric diabetes educators and nutritionists - all who are focused on the needs of children and teens. Children with special needs require that pediatric endocrinologists work closely with primary care pediatricians to provide coordinated and comprehensive care. Pediatric endocrinologists have extensive training and expertise in dealing with children and in treating children with endocrine disorders and hormonal problems. If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a pediatric endocrinologist, you can be assured that your child will receive the best possible care at Memorial.
Meet Our Specialist
Andrew C. Riggs, M.D.
Memorial Pediatric Specialties, a Memorial Medical Group practice, is proud to serve the children and families of Northern Indiana at Memorial Children's Hospital. To learn more about our practice, providers and location, please visit the Memorial Pediatric Specialties web page.