My niece has idiopathic short stature but otherwise a very healthy and happy child. Her mother is overwhelmed by the possible adverse effects of growth hormone therapy - I am seeking advice from adults who have received growth hormone therapy to help guide their decision to go ahead or forego treatment.
How old is the child? Is she going to be unhappy with her stature later in life? I'm just under 5 foot tall and I can tell you its hard living in this world if you're that short. You can't reach the top cabinet shelf in your kitchen, or the top shelf at the grocery store., and seat belts are too high, so that they almost strangle you. You have to sit on a cushion to drive and some cars you can't even see out of when you do that. No clothing fits, even petites have to be hemmed. Sleeves are too long and necklines too low. My height is hereditary. If I was taller I'd look ridicules in my family.
Growth hormone has limited use in idiopathic short stature. Its expensive too. All medication carries a long list of side effects. There is no way anyone would get all of them, or indeed even one of them.
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