Common Growth Concerns

Human Growth Hormone for Children Facts

Growth hormones can be extremely helpful for short stature kids to grow to a healthy height. If your child is not a candidate for growth hormone therapy, Healthy Height™ is an alternative option for you.

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The nutrition in our great tasting shake mix is safe and clinically shown to serve as a great option for short and lean healthy children ages 3-9 who do not meet the criteria for growth hormone therapy. Or, Healthy Height™ can theoretically also be used in conjunction with growth hormone therapy to provide nutritional support and promote growth in children, but was not yet tested in conjunction with growth hormone therapy.

Read below to learn more about growth hormone deficiency and therapy for children.

Understanding Growth Hormone Deficiency In Children

A medical condition found in newborn infants, children and, sometimes, adults, growth hormone deficiency can result in a number of physical and physiological symptoms that can seriously affect the day-to-day life of the sufferer. Excreted from the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain, growth hormone, or somatotropin, is responsible for cell regeneration and reproduction in the human body and is essential to human development.

Without this essential hormone, growth rates will slow and bodily irregularities will become apparent. Children affected by this disorder will appear younger than similarly aged children and will tend towards chubbiness with fat congregating around the face and stomach. Tooth development may be sluggish, as will hair growth and the onset of puberty.

Height will be arrested to around 2-4 inches per year up until puberty – which may not even occur in some cases. The proportions of the body will remain normal, though their overall size will be significantly smaller than a child not suffering from growth hormone deficiency. Hypoglycemia – commonly called low blood sugar – is a common identifier in infants.

The usual method of treating growth hormone deficiency is for a child to undergo growth hormone therapy, essentially injections of the hormone itself into the body. Once only gained through autopsies on the recently deceased, human growth hormone is now produced biosynthetically and is available for home use.

Causes of Growth Hormone Deficiency 

The causes of growth hormone deficiency are many and varied, often making it difficult for doctors to find the source of the disorder. Hypopituitarism, the failure of the pituitary gland to produce an essential hormone, is relatively rare but can result in low or no production of growth hormone.

Radiation treatment of brain tumors may also diminish the pituitary gland’s ability to produce sufficient growth hormone, though this has become rarer as radiation technology has progressed.

Growth Hormone Therapy Process 

Growth hormone therapy entails daily injections in children with growth hormone deficiency and can result in increased and rapid growth. Once prescribed, a child’s parent will learn to administer the hormone at home and will usually consult a physician every  3-4 month weeks as therapy continues.

The speed of growth will often level off to normal or even low rates as therapy continues but should result in suitable adult height and size. A parent and child’s expectations and frustrations at slow growth rates may often lead to a desire to increase the dosage but this should be avoided, and only doctor recommended doses should be administered.

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2. http://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/children-and-teen-health/growth-hormone-deficiency
3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7889635
4. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/pituitary-tumors/treating/radiaton-therapy.html
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Healthy Height provides additional nutrition to support natural growth. Kids taking 1-2 servings a day and eating a well-balanced diet can see measurable growth in 6 months.
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