What Are the Symptoms of Growth Hormone Deficiency?

The symptoms of growth hormone deficiency vary depending on the severity of your child's case. Some of the most common symptoms of growth hormone deficiency in children include:

  • A short stature compared to other children the same age and gender as your child
  • A slow growth rate
  • A younger looking appearance
  • Increased body and belly fat (around the waist area)
  • High-pitched voice
  • Delayed bone age (found through an X-ray)
  • Low blood sugar

Children with growth hormone deficiency tend to still have normal body proportions. Your child's intelligence will not be affected if they have growth hormone deficiency. It is important to remember that these symptoms could also be signs of other growth problems and conditions, so always be sure to consult with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

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