A growth disorder is an umbrella term for a range of problems that might be preventing your baby or child from growing as fast as would normally be expected. These problems may include:
- Intrauterine Growth Retardation — This means that the baby grew more slowly than normal in the womb and was born very small for full-term.
- Failure to Thrive — slower than normal growth after birth, usually caused by a feeding problem, poor nutrition, or emotional disturbance. Growth retardation can also be a symptom of infection, illness, or abnormality of an organ or body system.
- Constitutional Growth Delay — The classic “late bloomer”:
Conditions involving the endocrine system can also lead to growth disorders. If the pituitary gland, a small gland at the base of the brain that secretes a number of hormones is damaged or malfunctioning, it may not produce enough growth hormone. This condition is known as Growth Hormone Deficiency.
Brand names of growth hormone include; Omnitrope, Tev-Tropin, Genotropin,and Saizen. All are available at Vasco Rx. All growth hormone supplements must be injected and there are many different delivery systems, including prefilled pens, prefilled syringes and the standard vial & syringe. Our trained staff will provide the injection training necessary for any system you choose.
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