Everybody desires to grow to a normal height as their peers and fit in with the rest. The medical researchers have come up with a solution for those children who fail to grow at the same rate as other children their age. The answer comes in the form of the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) that has been used for the last 50 years to correct growth deficiency in children. Children who have a short stature and meet certain criteria can become eligible for this treatment. Short stature precisely means that their height is 2 – 2.5 inches less than the average height of their peers. Parents can notice the discrepancy in height in the formative years of a child and especially at between 2 to 6 years old.
However, since not all short children can undertake the cure a trained endocrinologist has to first conduct extensive lab tests to the child. The doctor has to establish the exact cause of their growth deficiency in order to know whether the child should use the hormone or not. The specialist has to rule out the possibility of other causes such as genetic, diet, environment, or chronic illnesses before a child is considered viable for this treatment.
HGH is mostly suitable for children who have a growth disorder whereby the pituitary gland that is responsible for producing the growth hormone fails to produce the sufficient amounts of the hormone naturally. HGH is usually made by recombination DNA technology. The treatment involves injecting the hormone in the muscle or subcutaneous tissue to get it into the bloodstream. The treatment goes on throughout the growth stage of a child with significant results on the child’s development.