Pediatric Growth Hormone
Costa Rica Prescribes Pediatric Growth Hormone for Less
Pediatric HGH Deficiency
Growth hormone injections are prescribed to boys and girls diagnosed with HGH deficiency. Norditropin human growth hormone is a cost-effective and convenient solution for idiopathic short stature (ISS) therapy. Out of all HGH products, we’ve found Norditropin to be a favorite among our patients because it is pre-mixed and can go without refrigeration for limited times, making travel much more convenient for families.
GH therapy has been shown to improve height during childhood. Children with growth hormone deficiency can benefit from growth hormone treatment cost-effectively at our treatment center in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is a Pioneer in Central America in offering HGH in Children
Growth hormone therapy for children is a treatment that places Costa Rica at the forefront of the region. With a population of 5.2 million, Costa Rica reports approximately 300 children on growth hormone therapy and expects to add another within a year. Growth hormone in children is frequently talked about in Latin America following the historic career of legendary soccer player Lionel Messi. When Messi was age 11, he was an accomplished player but lacked the physical height to receive offers from minor league soccer teams. Fortunately, his father took Messi to Spain to try out with the legendary Spanish soccer team. They were so pleased with his skills, they agreed to pay for Messi’s medical expenses to get tested and receive growth hormone therapy. The rest is history, as Messi is one of the greatest soccer players to have ever played the sport.
Growth Chart for Boys 2-20 years PDF
Growth Chart Girls 2-20 years PDF
Pediatric Growth Hormone Treatment (Guidelines)
Pediatric medical professionals use growth charts to track height and weight over time. The measurements are tracked and compared with other children on a statistical basis.
Refer to the charts above supplied by the Centers for Disease Control for Height & Weight Tracking.
Most children grow at least 2-2.5 inches each year from the age of 3 years old. If your pediatrician recognizes your child is growing less than 2 inches per year, and is at a very low height compared with the averages depicted on the growth charts, they may refer you to an endocrinologist and recommend human growth hormone injections.
Referring to the charts above, if a child’s height is plotted at the 5th percentile, then it means 95% of other children in their age group are taller, and 5% are shorter. The problem parents have in the USA, is when their child’s percentile is close to the lower end, but insurance companies or doctors refuse to approve HGH support. For this reason, parents more frequently look to international clinics like ours to assist them.
HGH is much less expensive outside the USA. The out-of-pocket expense for HGH in Costa Rica is 70% less than the U.S. Treatment for your child in Costa Rica is sometimes less than the deductible would be in the USA.
If you are concerned for your child’s growth and have up-to-date medical records, you can bring those records to our clinic and get prescribed growth hormone for their deficiency.
Costa Rica is one of the top 5 medical tourist destinations in the world. Costa Rica healthcare system (health rankings) is highly ranked for medical care by the World Health Organization.
Download [Guidelines for Growth Hormone Deficiency in Children PDF]
How to use Norditropin HGH Injection Pen
Jeff Ugalde, M.D.
The video above shows the Norditropin 30mg pen. Ask your doctor about adapting the dosage to the 10mg pen.
What is Idiopathic Short Stature (ISS)?
Idiopathic short stature (ISS) is when a child’s height is more than 2 standard deviations below the average for a given age, sex, and population. This assumes no known disease is the cause.
Calculations of height velocity over time enable proper diagnosis. Blood tests can also be done to baseline growth hormone production.
Growth Hormone Age Limit
ISS typically is noticed and diagnosed beginning at the age of 10 or 11. There is no exact age limit for growth hormone therapy. However, once a child’s growth plates are fused, HGH therapy will not make you taller. This usually occurs around 18 years of age. In some cases there is still a small chance growth plates remain unfused up to 24 years of age.
HGH cannot help adults to increase their height.
Growth Hormone Treatment Cost - Costa Rica
Growth hormone therapy in Costa Rica is approximately 1/3 of the cost compared with the USA. We provide the same medication, by the same manufacturers, but for much less than in the United States.
A 10mg / 30 IU Norditropin HGH Pen in Costa Rica is roughly $550 USD.
HGH Injections for Height
Our clinic in Costa Rica prescribes growth hormones for height to patients seeking lower prices for FDA-approved human growth hormone. Pharmacies in the USA will typically charge between $1,250 – $1,450 for a Norditropin 10mg / 30IU injection pen. We can help patients from the USA and Canada refill their prescriptions for $550 or less per 10mg / 30IU injection pen.
At What Age to Begin HGH in Children?
In some cases such as Turner syndrome, early use of growth hormone in children may be recommended as young as 4-6 years of age. Circumstances depend on various factors and your pediatrician should discuss the pros and cons. Growth hormone treatment is not effective once a child’s growth plates are fused. Children over 16 years of age may need x-rays to confirm the status of growth plates.
Best Time to Take HGH - Children
Most doctors prescribe growth hormone injections right before bedtime. This is done to mimic the normal growth hormone cycle of the body. However, there is no definitive evidence that specifically states night is the only appropriate time to inject. It’s recommended that patients get periodic follow-up blood tests to evaluate the increase in growth hormone. This enables doctors to adjust the prescription to the optimal dosage for the patient.
How to Get HGH Treatment in Costa Rica
If you have an existing prescription for your child’s HGH, you can send or bring copies of the medical records to our clinic to refill your child’s growth hormone prescription. We can match the correct dosage and help to monitor treatment. Depending on US-based insurance coverage, we can help parents save over $1,000 per month in HGH prescription fees.
Traveling with HGH
After being prescribed HGH for your child at our clinic, you will receive the doctor’s prescription and the travel form for the Norditropin growth hormone injection pen. Our offices will complete the form for you. The purpose of the form is to indicate why you are traveling with your medication, and that it was prescribed.
If you would like to download a copy of the form to review, please do so. [Download PDF HGH travel form for Norditropin].
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