• thyroid function tests

• other hormone studies

• hemoglobin electrophoresis to determine the presence of conditions such as sickle-cell disease

• X rays to determine bone age if the doctor suspects a particular disease or disorder as a possible cause, specific tests to identify that condition can help. To determine whether the child is receiving enough food, the child's doctor can do a calorie count after asking the parents what the child eats every day. Talking to the parents can help a doctor identify any problems at home, such as neglect, poverty, household stress, or difficulty during feedings. A Denver Developmental Screening Test reveals delayed development.

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