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Each year, large numbers of parents become concerned that their children are shorter than their peers or seem to be falling behind. Five percent of children under age 14, or about three million, fall below the normal range on the growth charts. It is also common for parents of children below the normal range to be worried enough about their childs growth to request referral to a specialist. Until now, these parents have had no authoritative source for information to either reassure them or guide them in seeking help for their child. In this groundbreaking book, two of the countrys top pediatric endocrinologists provide concerned parents with thorough, up-to-date information on the issues surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of growth disorders, including: The role of genetics, nutrition, and hormones in normal growth. When parents should and should not be concerned about their childs growth pattern. The most up-to-date information on treatments, including the controversial use of growth hormones. And much more.
O YOU WORRY ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S GROWTH?For the millions of parents concerned about their child's height, there is now an authoritative resource of comprehensive information to reassure and guide them in seeking help. This groundbreaking book by two of America's leading pediatric endocrinologists offers reliable guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of growth disorders, from helping parents determine whether their child's height is normal to understanding when it's necessary to seek the advice of a specialist. Parents will also learn about:* The role of genetics, nutrition, and hormones in their child's growth* The social and psychological impact of short stature* Methods for estimating the height a child will be as an adult* Important topics of concern to discuss with their child's doctors* Medical conditions that cause short stature* The most up-to-date research on treatment, including the controversial use of growth hormone-so you and your physician can decide what's right for your child.