Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Ouma | 2008/08/30

Q.

hypothyroidism

My 4 year old granddaughter was born without a thyroid and is using thyroxine since birth. Two weeks ago they moved from New Zealand to Qatar. Just before the move, she went for her regular check-up to determine the thyroxine dose. She is normally a healthy, lively child but is now tired and sleepy. Can the heat (40+) affect her thyroid (hormone) levels? Would you recommend that they take her for another test, although she was tested 3 weeks ago? Would, living in this kind of heat, affect her in a negative way, because of her condition?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Tiredness and lack of enegy are both very important symptoms of hypothyroidism. The heat may be an aggravating factor. It is very important that a repeat set of thyroid function tests be done now. Your granddaughter could well be on too low a dose of thyroxine.

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