Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: SUNSHINE | 2010/01/29

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THYROID PROBLEM

MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN WITH A THYROID PROBLEM, HER PAED. SAYS HER THYROIDS NOT PRODUCING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TSH AND TH. SINCE I AM NOT AT ALL FAMILIAR WITH THIS, CAN ANYONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT THIS, TELL ME JUST HOW SERIOUS IT IS??? SHES ON 5MG OF ELTROXIN, EVERYDAY. IS THERE A CHANCE HER THYROID WILL START PRODUCING THE RIGHT AMOUNTS??? PLEASE HELP SHES A NEWBORN WHO HAS TO GO FOR MONTHLY BLOOD TESTS AND BE ON CHRONIC MEDS.... IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE????

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You are very fortunate that your baby's low thyroid prolem has been diagnosed so early. Low thyroid in babies which is called 'hypothyroidism' used to be a serious condition. Fortunately there is cure today which is to give your baby the thyroid hormone which is called Eltroxin. This is a small price to pay for the miracle of having a normal baby. Your paediatrician will monitor her thyroid levels and it is possible that she will start producing thyroid hormones later on. In the meantime give her Eltroxin every day without fail..You are in very good hands with your paediatrician.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2010/01/29

Sunshine - as far as I know she will never outgrow it, it is for life and the blood test are meds are very important as it monitors whether she has enough thyroid in her system. Google thyroid problems in kids. If she was not tested at bith she would have been mentally and physically retarded without the meds

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