The endocrine system is responsible for the hormones that drive important processes in our bodies, like our metabolism, growth and development. Because kids are in a constant state of growth, their hormonal health is impacted differently by endocrine disorders than adults – requiring special care to guide their physical and emotional development.
Our pediatric endocrinology specialists are not just experts on endocrine disorders, they’re experts on kids’ health too, equipping them to provide the unique care that children and teens need. We provide care through all stages of childhood and adolescence, and even through college when needed.
If your child has been diagnosed with an endocrine condition, we can help. With over 35 years of experience diagnosing and treating conditions like diabetes, thyroid disease and obesity, we’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to help keep them on track toward healthy growth and development.
- Diabetes (type 1, type 2) and prediabetes
- Thyroid disorders
- Growth issues (short stature)
- Early or delayed puberty
- Adrenal disorders
- Bone, calcium and vitamin D disorders
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Pituitary disorders
- Acanthosis nigricans
- Parathyroid disorders
Symptoms of a hormonal disorder differ depending on which glands are affected and in what way. If you haven’t talked to a doctor yet about your child’s symptoms, we recommend starting with a visit to one of our pediatricians. Our pediatricians are experts at diagnosing hundreds of conditions, including endocrine-related conditions, and can connect you to our pediatric endocrinology specialists if needed.
When you meet with one of our endocrinologists, we’ll do a thorough assessment to reach an accurate diagnosis. We may use blood or urine tests to measure your child’s hormone levels and help identify the cause of their symptoms. After we make a diagnosis, we’ll explain everything in a way you and your child can understand before we recommend a treatment plan.
Our team includes board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, nurses, dietitians, certified diabetes educators and medical assistants. Working with you and your pediatrician, we’ll create a customized treatment plan that gives you the knowledge and support you need to manage your child’s health.
While treatment methods vary depending on your child’s specific endocrine disorder, one of the most common options is medication. Special medications can act as synthetic hormones and effectively adjust hormonal imbalances and relieve their symptoms.
We’ll provide you with all the resources you might need as you learn more about your child’s condition and begin a treatment plan. For ongoing education and support, we can connect you with our broader support network, which includes dietitians, certified diabetes educators and mental health specialists.
Diabetes is a challenging health condition for kids to experience and learn to manage. We’re always working to advance diabetes treatment and improve the daily lives of our patients and their families.
Thanks to our close partnership with the International Diabetes Center, we have access to the most advanced research and technology to provide you with top diabetes care. We offer the latest management technologies, including advanced insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitor technology, and convenient telephone visits with your child’s doctor for added support.
We generally provide care in the outpatient setting at diagnosis, allowing you and your child to receive diabetes care and education in our clinic instead of the hospital. We also offer close follow up care as you return home and learn how to manage your child’s diabetes together.
It takes a community effort to help a child manage their diabetes treatment, including parents, doctors, their school nurses and more. Together we can give your child the treatment and support they need to navigate life with diabetes and truly thrive.
For children at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, we can help.
Partnering together, we’ll create a personalized plan that helps your family achieve your health and well-being goals by preventing type 2 diabetes. The Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Clinic combines nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle changes and emotional support.
Save time and money when you schedule a convenient telephone visit.
While it shouldn’t take the place of your usually scheduled clinic appointments, a telephone visit can be a great option if you have questions between appointments or if more frequent follow up is needed. You can talk about things like your child’s continuous glucose monitor levels or get test results from your doctor and discuss treatment and follow up over the phone.
This service is only available for some types of visits, so ask your child’s doctor if it’s a good fit for you.
As a first step, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. They’re experts at evaluating for hundreds of conditions, including diabetes and other endocrine disorders, and can connect you to one of our specialists if needed.
If your child’s doctor recommended that you see a specialist, or if you’re looking for a new specialist, please choose an option below:
If you haven’t already talked to a doctor about your child’s symptoms, start by making an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. They’re experts at evaluating children for many conditions, including endocrine disorders, and they’ll connect you to one of our specialists if needed.
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We accept most health insurance plans, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, CIGNA, HealthPartners, Medica, Medicare, PreferredOne and many others.
Not sure what coverage and benefits your health insurance plan provides? Call the number on the back of your card for help looking at your options.
Don’t have your card in front of you? Here are member services numbers to help you get started:
- HealthPartners: 800-883-2177
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota: 800-382-2000
- CIGNA: 800-244-6224 (insurance through work); 866-494-2111 (insurance directly or through the Exchange)
- Medica: 800-952-3455
- Medicare: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
- PreferredOne: 763-847-4477 (in the Twin Cities); 800-997-1750 (outside the metro area)
- United Healthcare: 877-842-3210