We found 3 pediatric endocrinologists who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida BlueOptions Everyday Health Premier near Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Dr. Lital Reitblat, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
789 South Federal Highway; Suite 106
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Lital Reitblat, who practices in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a medical specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her residency was performed at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Reitblat accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish. She is professionally affiliated with Broward Health.

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Specializes in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Rehabilitative Services, Pediatric Endocrinology
1401 South Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Maria Barrueco-Casariego is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, rehabilitative services, and pediatric endocrinology. She is professionally affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC). After attending Central University of the East School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Barrueco-Casariego honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Dr. Ernesto Jose Blanco, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
789 South Federal Highway; Suite 106
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 

Dr. Ernesto Blanco is a pediatric endocrinology specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He attended medical school at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Blanco trained at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center for residency. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Blanco is professionally affiliated with Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC).

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What is Pediatric Endocrinology?

Hormones are chemicals that are produced by the body and flow through the bloodstream. They control a number of important functions, including growth, metabolism, and sexual development. Doctors that treat hormonal problems are called endocrinologists, and endocrinologists that work with children are pediatric endocrinologists.

Pediatric endocrinologists treat children of all ages, from newborn babies to young adults. Because hormones affect growth and sexual development, endocrine disorders affect children and teens very differently than they do adults. Some disorders, such as precocious (early) puberty, only affect children. Some endocrine disorders have different symptoms in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. A pediatric endocrinologist must be aware of how hormonal problems specifically affect children’s health and development.

Diabetes, a disease caused by problems with the hormone insulin, is the most common disorder treated by pediatric endocrinologists. Other issues include:
  • Growth disorders, which prevent children from growing or maturing as expected
  • Thyroid disease
  • Pituitary or adrenal disorders
  • Sex hormone disorders, where the body produces either too little or too much of the hormones that affect puberty and sexual development
  • Unexplained obesity
  • Intersex, a group of conditions that make a person's sex unclear
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Problems with calcium metabolism
  • Treatment for transgender children, who feel they do not match the gender associated with their external genitalia (many, but not all, pediatric endocrinology offices provide this service)

For most endocrine disorders, treatment involves medication taken to either supplement or suppress certain hormone levels.

Since hormones control so many functions within the body and are so crucial during the early stages of life, an endocrine disorder can be devastating for a child. Pediatric endocrinologists help get your child’s hormones back in balance.
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