Is your child growing normally? Find out!
Click here for details on what is or what is not normal growth for children....and why this is so important!
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...
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)
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:
Goals of the foundation for affected adults include:
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." ©