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What treatments are available for growth problems?
If a medical condition causes the growth problem, treatment of that condition may alleviate the growth problem. Your child's doctor will determine the best course of treatment, which often involves hormone replacement therapy. Your child's treatment plan could include daily or weekly injections.
Fortunately, this therapy often produces significant and reassuring growth. During the first year of therapy, children with growth hormone deficiency see an increase of an average of 4 inches, and this number is slightly less for children with other growth disorders.
Growth problems may make your child feel insecure or self-conscious, and if appropriate, we can put you in touch with mental health professionals to help with any negative feelings your child may be experiencing.
How safe is growth hormone therapy?
While there are many potential side effects, researchers generally agree that treatment with human growth hormone is safe and effective. In 1985, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a biosynthetic growth hormone, thus:
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