Treatments for growth

Growth conditions can have many different causes, and the type of treatment will depend on the type of condition your child has. Read about growth disorders to find out more about the different types of growth disorders.

If the condition has an underlying cause - such as malnutrition, disease or a medicine that your child is taking - this will always be targeted first. In general, if the cause of the condition is treated, then the growth deficiency will rectify itself. The earlier the treatment starts, the more effect it will have on your child’s height and development.

In some cases there may be a deficiency of a factor or hormone involved in growth. (To find out more about these read our section about growth). In this instance, your child may need a treatment to help to restore hormones to normal levels.

Treatments for growth disorders include the following. Click on the links to find out more about them:

•    Sex hormones – to replace those that are missing or have low levels
•    Growth hormone
•    Surgical treatment

As well as helping your child to grow taller, treatments will help to ensure proper growth and development of the muscles, tissues and bones (including organs and reproductive parts) so that your child will be able to lead as normal a life as possible. 

Remember that in some cases a doctor may decide that no treatment is required, for instance if the risks of treatment are higher than the benefits they would provide. The type of treatment chosen will very much depend on your child’s personal situation. Always discuss with your doctor the different treatment options available for your child.

Children with growth conditions will also need to see a variety of health care professionals for help with other physical or psychological symptoms. Visit our 'Who can help?' section to find out more.

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