Resources

Professional Websites

  • American Diabetes Association
    The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes through research funding, community services, education & advocacy.
  • Pediatric Endocrine Society
    The Pediatric Endocrine Society maintains and encourages investigations that enhance the lives of children and adolescents with endocrine disorders.

Activities

Camp CureETCH Summer Diabetes Camp (Camp Cure)

http://www.etch.com/camps

Camp Cure provides a safe and fun environment for children with diabetes. Campers enjoy arts and crafts, swimming and sports led by Children's Hospital specialists and camp staff.

Camp Cure is typically held near the first week of June every summer. Keep checking their site for sign-up information for the next camp!


Your Child's Health

These conditions can be hard on children, but the sooner they start receiving treatment the faster they will learn to manage their health issues and ease their burden. We treat children with these conditions every day and have seen firsthand the tremendous difference quality medical care can make in child's life.


Childhood Diabetes

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With a complicated diagnosis like diabetes, you and your child may have a lot of questions. This disease requires lifelong management by your family and your doctor. At East Tennessee Children's Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology, we have a diabetes education team that includes dietitians, nurse educators and social workers to assist patients with their ongoing diabetes care.

Insulin

One of the hormones that require endocrinologists' attention is insulin. This hormone moves food energy from the blood into muscle, fat and liver cells. When your child does not have enough insulin or becomes resistant to it, they can develop diabetes. This disease requires lifelong management by your family, your child and your doctors. At East Tennessee Children's Hospital, we have a diabetes education team that includes dietitians, nurse educators and social workers to assist patients with their ongoing diabetes care.

The most common symptoms of diabetes are:

  • Increased thirst and frequent urination
  • Extreme hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability or unusual behavior
  • Blurred vision
  • Yeast infection

The diabetes management plan may include:

  • Insulin pumps or injections
  • Continuous glucose monitors
  • Changes in diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Blood sugar monitoring

Un-monitored diabetes can be very dangerous, but with help from our team your child can learn how to manage their condition and prevent serious complications.

A diabetes diagnosis may seem overwhelming. Your child's endocrinologist can create a plan to manage diabetes that works best for your child's lifestyle.

Diabetes Resources

https://www.etch.com/community/kidshealth-library/results/?lang=en&query=diabetes


Pediatric Thyroid Problems

The thyroid gland is located in your neck. It affects your metabolism. A pediatric endocrinologist may discover that your child's thyroid is producing too little thyroid hormone. This condition is called hypothyroidism.

In newborns, hypothyroidism's symptoms are:

  • Jaundice
  • Hoarse cry
  • Poor appetite
  • Constipation
  • Slow bone growth

In children and adolescents, hypothyroidism's symptoms are:

  • Slow growth
  • Delayed puberty
  • Slow speech
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Slow pulse

Your doctor will complete a blood test on your child to determine if they have hypothyroidism. Without treatment, hypothyroidism can result in intellectual disability and heart failure. Thankfully, the major complications can be prevented with treatment.

When your child's thyroid produces too many hormones, they may develop hyperthyroidism, or Graves' disease. In hyperthyroidism the metabolism becomes overreactive, which may result in:

  • Small birth weight
  • Poor weight gain
  • Enlarged liver and spleen
  • High blood pressure
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Diarrhea
  • Nervousness

Your doctor will measure the amount of thyroid hormone in your child's bloodstream to determine if your child has hyperthyroidism. Treatments include medication to block the production of thyroid hormones and decrease heart rate.


Pediatric Hypothyroidism

When your child’s thyroid (a gland located in the neck) is producing too little or too many hormones, it causes a condition called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism causes different symptoms for infants and children.

In newborns, hypothyroidism's symptoms are:

  • Jaundice
  • Hoarse cry
  • Poor appetite
  • Constipation
  • Slow bone growth

In children and adolescents, hypothyroidism's symptoms are:

  • Slow growth
  • Delayed puberty
  • Slow speech
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Slow pulse

Library

Hyperthyroidism Resources

https://www.etch.com/community/kidshealth-library/results/?lang=en&query=hypothyroidism

East Tennessee Children's Hospital
Pediatric Endocrinology

(865) 971-7400
2012 White Ave
South Tower, Second Floor
Knoxville, TN 37916
(Directions)

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  • Tuesday: 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday: 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • Thursday: 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
  • Friday: 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
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