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Growing Times Winter 2015

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Good Growth = Healthy Children 

Children fail to grow for a variety of reasons. Hormones, genetics, sleep, nutrition, general health and exercise are all factors for normal growth. If you don't have a diagnosis Start HERE...

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Invisible Details are IMPORTANT

If a child is growth hormone deficient or failing to grow because of an unknown and developing medical problem, it could mean that serious (non-visible) things are going on inside the body. Height (too much or too little for their age) is nature's early warning signal- a visual alarm for parents and physicians.

Growth Problems are Often Treatable if Caught in Time

Many conditions which interfere with children's growth are treatable. Growth hormone, thyroid hormone, and now insulin-like growth factor (in the non-generic form) are medications which may help. Children with a wide range of growth deficiencies (such as Turner Syndrome, Russell-Silver Syndrome, Intrauterine Growth Retardation - Small for Gestational Age just to name a few) have had wonderful results thanks to growth hormone and other medical advancements.

Short People are in the Family

Scientists have discovered genes which are responsible for various causes of growth failure. Some children are affected much greater than their parents. So it is important to know that this issue may be treatable before it is too late. As parents of affected kids ourselves (and yes some of us are short adults) we tell worried parents- the primary indicator as to if your child needs to be seen by a medical professional is how much he or she is growing each year!

Trust Your Instincts!

Parents know their child better than anyone else in the world. Trust your instincts, be your child's strongest advocate. MAGIC is simply parents who have banded together- to help other parents. You are not alone!

If you have a diagnosis, click the link below or on the left which matches your child's condition.

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)
Cushing Syndrome in Adults
Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children (hypopituitarism)
Growth Hormone Deficiency in Adults
Hypophosphatasia (HPP)

Idiopathic Short Stature (ISS)
Insulin-like Growth Factor Deficiency (IGFD/IGF-1)
Intrauterine Growth Restriction

McCune-Albright Syndrome / Fibrous Dysplasia (MAS/FD)
Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (deMorsier Syndrome)
Panhypopituitarism / Tumors (Panpit)
Precocious Puberty / Central Precocious Puberty
Russell-Silver Syndrome (RSS also called Silver-Russell Syn)
Septo Optic Dysplasia
Small for Gestational Age (SGA)
Thyroid Disorders (both Congenital and Clinical)
Turner Syndrome

Researching information about a potential or newly diagnosed medical problem such as Growth Hormone Deficiency, Insulin-like Growth Factor Deficiency, Turner Syndrome, Panhypopituitarism, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia etc. is always scary. It is compounded when we are searching for information about our own children.

Goals of the foundation for affected children include:

  • Help you learn about children's growth
  • Provide support to those searching for answers about their undiagnosed child
  • Provide information regarding Russell-Silver Syndrome, Small-for Gestational age babies, IGF-1, Growth Hormone Deficiency, Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, Thyroid and all other growth related disorders. Call us today- Ph: (708) 383-0808.

Goals of the foundation for affected adults include:

  • Providing accurate medical information regarding Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency, Panhypopituitarism and Cushing Syndrome
  • Offering a list of physicians who are knowledgeable and non-judgemental
  • Securing resources and online avenues of support

Please remember when contacting us, we are not medical professionals. We are parents of affected children. We will try to match you with the parent whose child most closely resembles you/your questions. We can help you understand what we have learned from our child's experience or from conversations with physicians and other families. Always consult a medical professional for specific medical information.

MAGIC's Motto: "Children have a short time to grow and a lifetime to live with the results." ©

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