Pediatric Endocrinology

Comprehensive, Family-Centered Care for Childhood Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common long-term childhood diseases – and the number of children affected by childhood diabetes has grown significantly over the last 20 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in three American children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Although adults can have or develop diabetes, the treatment and management of diabetes in childhood and adolescence is different, so it is important to see a pediatric diabetes specialist experienced in the care of children and adolescents.

Understanding and Managing Childhood Diabetes

The Diabetes Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's is committed to treating all types of diabetes in children, including:

Why Choose UH Rainbow for Childhood Diabetes Treatment and Care?

A Family-Friendly Approach

For families and children, a childhood diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming. The experienced and specialized staff at UH Rainbow’s Children’s Diabetes Center is here to help. With up-to-the-minute knowledge and expertise, we guide your family through uncharted waters, providing you with a customized plan for childhood diabetes treatment, nutrition and medication options, training, education and support.

We also help families understand their choices in technology, testing equipment and medication. From diet to prescriptions to glucose monitors and insulin pumps, our team of expert pediatric endocrinologists knows the landscape of this disease and guides families towards the best and healthiest possible decisions for optimal outcomes. For the convenience of our patients and families, ongoing treatments and appointments can be made at one of our many locations across Northeast Ohio.

Redefining the Standard of Care for Childhood Diabetes

The pediatric endocrinology experts at the UH Rainbow’s Children’s Diabetes Center are committed to helping you and your family navigate the challenges of diabetes. By participating in and in some cases leading the latest research, employing next generation technology, and collaborating with team members that bring different expertise to the conversation, we can ensure your child receives the right diabetes treatment that leads to solid, long-term outcomes.


A Team of Expert Pediatric Endocrinology Specialists for Childhood Diabetes Support

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is one of the first children’s hospitals to develop a comprehensive approach to childhood diabetes, addressing both type 1 and type 2 through a team-based methodology that directly involves the patient and family. Our team includes a wide range of experts who contribute specialized knowledge and experience:

  • Doctors: Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric endocrinologists have completed specialized training in pediatric endocrinology, making them experts in treating and managing diabetes. The division’s fellowship program in pediatric endocrinology is the only accredited pediatric endocrinology fellowship in northern Ohio.
  • Diabetes nurse educators: Our Diabetes Center nursing team has special training in childhood diabetes care and management. Many have decades of experience working exclusively with diabetes in children and youth. Our educators are constantly learning new ways to teach diabetes treatment and management to children, using strategies for children of all ages.
  • Registered dietitians: Nutrition and food choices become critically important for optimal childhood diabetes management, especially for type 2 diabetes. The dedicated team helps children and families understand how the body processes food, how different foods affect blood sugar and how to make the healthiest diabetes nutrition choices.
  • Exercise physiology and weight management specialists: There is a direct link between weight and type 2 diabetes. Part of our mission is both prevention of weight gain and helping those that are overweight lose those extra pounds while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
  • Clinical psychologists: Learning that a child has a potentially life-long condition like diabetes can cause stress, anxiety and confusion for both the child and their family. Emotional health is key to successfully managing childhood diabetes symptoms. Our diabetes psychologists are equipped to counsel both children and their families and educate them on how they can live a long life, while managing the disease.

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