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This week on MD for Moms, I interview Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Emily Breidbart about puberty and growth. Puberty causes anxiety for most parents – how we behaved and how irritating our parents seemed leads to fear and the drive to call and apologize for those tumultuous years. I say this with great comfort being the mom of a teen and a tween because that’s how I’ve felt for a few years. It seems like kids are entering puberty earlier than in prior generations, but is this true? What cutoffs are used for normal puberty and when should a child be evaluated for early or delayed puberty and why? We dive deep into what to expect as your child moves through puberty, what’s concerning, and what isn’t.
I have one tall child, one short child, and one child who is an average height. I’m definitively short, and would love my kids to be taller than I am, but how much is that predetermined? What if anything can be done to try to help boost a child’s height? We explore in-depth who benefits from growth hormone (GH), how GH deficiency is diagnosed, and if every short child should be given GH. This is a great episode geared for every parent, so be sure to check it out.
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Emily Breidbart, MD is an assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology at NYU School of Medicine and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. She graduated with distinction from Cornell University where she majored in human development and started her career path in studying children’s health and development. She received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, and went on to do her pediatrics training at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. Her residency training consolidated her passion for hormonal disorders and following patients’ chronic diseases through their childhood. She obtained her pediatric endocrinology training at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian, where she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received a T32 NIH grant and an Endocrine Fellows Foundation grant for her genetic research on monogenic diabetes. Emily has returned to NYU School of Medicine where she is an assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology at Hassenfeld’s Children’s Hospital and NYU Pediatric Diabetes Center. There, she sees patients from birth to young adulthood with hormonal disorders such as thyroid disease, growth hormone deficiency, adrenal disorders, and pituitary disease. She is an active member of the pediatric diabetes team, where she sees patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Emily serves on several committees in the Pediatric Endocrine Society, including Drugs & Therapeutics, and co-directs the NYU Clinic for Pediatric Bone Health. She has published on genetic types of diabetes, adrenal disease, and congenital disorders. Emily lives in New York City with her two young children and husband.
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