Comprehensive care for diabetes and other endocrine disorders in children.
Disruptions in the endocrine system can affect how your child grows and develops and can have long-term consequences. At James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at ECU Health Medical Center, our experienced team of board-certified pediatric endocrinologists, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, dietitians and other specialists offers help and hope to children and adolescents with endocrine disorders. We provide state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and clinical management for children with conditions of the major endocrine glands, such as the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, disorders that affect pubertal development, and multiple forms of diabetes mellitus — including type 1 and type 2 diabetes. We provide medical, surgical or nuclear therapy and diagnostics, such as provocative stimulation tests, ultrasounds, MRI, CT scans and DXA scans. We treat pediatric endocrine disorders both in the hospital and at our outpatient clinic.
Phone Number: 252-744-2516
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How to Make an Appointment: New patients require a referral
Adrenal glands make multiple hormones that affect energy, blood pressure, blood sugar, the immune system, salt/water balance and sexual development. Disorders can lead to hormone deficiencies that can be life threatening, while others stem from overproduction of hormones. Our pediatric endocrinologists have expertise in diagnosing and managing these disorders. Your child’s assessment may involve blood tests, ultrasound, X-ray or a stimulation test. Treatment and ongoing care may include medication to manage healthy hormone levels and periodic blood tests to assess effectiveness.
Our diabetes team has extensive and expert knowledge in pediatric diabetes care and treatment. We strive to provide the best possible medical care for children with diabetes using individualized care plans that incorporate the latest evidence-based therapies, including 24-hour access to medical professionals with expertise in diabetes.
In the Hospital
A comprehensive inpatient team will address both the medical and educational needs of children who have been newly diagnosed or are admitted in crisis.
Most children with newly diagnosed diabetes are admitted to the hospital. Families will learn and become comfortable with skills needed to safely manage diabetes at home. In addition, each family receives the book, Pink Panther: A First Book for Understanding Diabetes, and additional materials developed by our nurses and diabetes educator. Following discharge, additional classes are scheduled to provide more advanced self-management skills.
In the Clinic
As children grow and develop, their health care needs change, and their diabetes care must adapt accordingly. We provide assessment and treatment for your child’s evolving nutritional and educational needs. Clinic visits — at least quarterly — will monitor your child’s progress and address any new concerns, educational needs or psychosocial aspects of care.
During normal business hours, our nurses are available to answer routine or emergent questions and adjust insulin doses as needed. After hours, one of our physicians or certified diabetes educators is available to address urgent and emergent concerns. We can be reached by calling 252-744-2516.
Camp Needles in the Pines
Camp Needles in the Pines, located in eastern North Carolina, is a one-week residential camp for children with type 1 diabetes, ages 8 to 14 years. Children 15 to 18 years of age may apply to serve as counselors-in-training (CIT). Activities include swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, archery, crafts, rifle range, tenting and improved self-help skills. The camp is located at Camp Boddie, the Boy Scout Camp at Blounts Creek, NC, and is held in July.