Wednesday, 22 February 2006 00:00

If Your Child is Especially Short

(HealthDay News) -- Abnormally short children may have a condition in which the pituitary gland does not produce enough growth hormone.

The child's short stature might become evident in infancy and persist throughout childhood, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

In addition to small size, symptoms of a growth hormone deficiency may include headache and excessive thirst and urination.

Synthetic growth hormone can be used for these children and generally proves effective, though effectiveness may decrease over time, the NLM says.