How is growth hormone deficiency treated?
Your child will need a growth hormone shot that goes just under the skin every day. These shots are given at home.
Why choose us for growth hormone deficiency treatment?
At Children's Colorado, your child has access to the experts they need, all in one place. Our pediatric endocrinology experts provide holistic, family-centered care for children with growth hormone deficiency.
Are there side effects of growth hormone shots?
Side effects are not common, but they may include:
- Muscle or joint pain
- Low thyroid levels
- Swelling of hands and feet
- Worsening of a pre-existing spine curvature, known as scoliosis
- Worsening of a pre-existing difference between the length of both legs
- Insulin resistance
There are a few rare, but serious, side effects:
How long will my child need the shots?
This will be different for each child. Some children will need the shots until they are teenagers. Other children will need the shots even as adults. Your doctor will watch to see how well your child grows with the shots and talk to you about how long your child will need them.
When should our doctor see my child?
Most children with growth hormone deficiency are seen by a pediatric endocrinologist every 4 to 6 months while they are taking growth hormone shots. At each visit, they will measure your child’s height and weight to make sure the shots are helping them to grow well. The doctor will occasionally order hand X-rays for bone age and blood tests. The doctor will then decide if your child needs to change the dose of growth hormone. Never change the dose of growth hormone yourself. Ask your doctor for more details.
What is the future for our child?
After starting growth hormone, most children begin to grow better. Unfortunately, there are some children who are diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency but do not grow even after getting growth hormone shots. The earlier growth hormone deficiency is diagnosed and treated, the better the chance that the child will grow to their genetic potential. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for giving growth hormone shots and try not to miss shots.