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Symptoms of Thyroid Problems in Children

By January 16, 2006

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Thyroid disorders are not rare in children, but they are not as common as parents usually believe. Our Pediatrics guide Dr. Vince Ianelli reviews some of the common signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, which will help you to know when to get thyroid function tests ordered for your child and when to look for another cause for your child's symptoms. Read the article now.
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January 19, 2007 at 2:37 pm
(1) Nanette A. says:

Thank you for an article regarding children. We don’t see them often enough. Can you post the normal lab values for children/teens? Thanks.

February 6, 2008 at 1:47 pm
(2) sheri says:

My nine-year-old son just had a test which indicates he is hyperthyroid; I ask my pediatrician to test levels any time he is having bloodwork done. He does not exhibit any of the symptoms listed in the article. I think I have been hypothyroid since I was eleven although not diagnosed until in my twenties.

July 30, 2009 at 9:50 am
(3) Symptoms of Thyroid says:

The thyroid is the master gland of metabolism. When your thyroid doesn’t function, it can affect every aspect of your health, and in particular, weight, depression and energy levels.Undiagnosed thyroid problems can increase your risk of heart disease, infertility, depression, anxiety, hair loss, obesity, sexual dysfunction, and other symptoms and health problems, so it’s important that you don’t go undiagnosed. Once detected early treatment and compliance to medication was very important.

October 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm
(4) Sherry says:

I have been about the same weight since I was about 12 yrs old. Which is about 90 to 95 Lbs. I am now 30 yrs old and have 5 children, I still weigh about 90 to 95 lbs. When pregnant I did gain between 15 to 38 lbs with each child, however within 2 weeks of having them, my weight went back to the same old 90 to 95 lbs. when not pregnant, the most I have ever weighed is 95, I am 92 right now, however, when I gain a littl eI lose it shortley after. I have in the past took extra vitamins, drank ensure weight gain, and had several other atempts to gain weight. Could this possibley be a thyroid problem, or could it be something else? I am short, I am 5ft 3 in, however my mother is 5ft 1 and her side of the family is mostley under 5 ft. they are short, but never had weight problems. My dad is about 5′ 11″, and my sisters are both tall like him. I do have an aunt that was small, but she weighed 113 lbs when she was in her 20 and 30′s. How do I go about to have my thyroid checked, I have no insurance and I dont have a Doctor I see regularly. Thanks so much!!

February 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm
(5) Phoenix says:

I didn’t find out I was Hyperthyroid until I was 33. I was treated with nuclear medication and now I have Hypothyroid. A year and half after my treatment, I gave birth to a son at the age of 35. Will this disease passes down to my son?

April 18, 2010 at 3:24 am
(6) Jennifer Almonte says:

I am 15 years old and last year i was told I had thyroid problems. I just don’t know why my specialst doesn’t talk to me so much about it. She just says I am over weight and should loose weight. I am very upset at this….

January 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm
(7) Kimberly says:

Hello Jennifer. I know what you are going through. I am 27 and 2yrs ago my doctor told me that I have hypothyroidism. I asked to be tested because both of my parents have a thyroid condition. I then realized that was why I worked an active job, had been excerizing, and dieting and couldn’t loose any weight. I talked to my doctor about it and all she wanted to tell me was to be more active and eat better. Later, I decided to go see a thyroid specialist. The specialist explained to me that I wouldn’t be able to loose any weight untill my levels were normal. It took 1yr of getting my bloodwork done every 3 months, and bumping my dosage up 4 times before I had a “normal” result. Once my levels were normal I began to loose weight. I only watched what I ate, with little excerise, and slowly lost weight. I lost 37lbs in 6 months. I learned the hard way that if you don’t pay attention you will easily gain it back. ( faster that you loose it ). I am now on the road to loosing it again. Unfortuantly for those of us with this condition It is harder, buit don’t loose hope it can be done. I’d like to give you a little extra advice. I had a normal result and I still felt bad. My doctor told me I was fine. So that is when i went to the specialist. She told me that what is normal for one person isn’t always normal for another. She gave me a slightly higher dosage, and 1 week later i finally felt great. You know you better than anyone. If you don’t feel right get a second opinion, and a third, and a fourth… until someone gets it right.

June 19, 2010 at 4:53 am
(8) m.vasantha says:

My child is 12 years old. He was lttle short. When my predician told to get blood tests and we went we to hosipital. And it has thyroid problems. Can you
tell me what is the medicine to become tall

August 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm
(9) LAKOSHIA MOORE says:

MY 2 YEAR OLD HAD HER LABS DONE LAST TUESDAY, AND THE NURSE HAS CALLED ME IN STATING IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THYROID…..SHOULD I BE WORRIED? CAUSE SHE’S JUST A BABY.

September 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm
(10) jaleesa says:

I don’t believe so. My son was diagnosed at three months. He goes to a specialist at Texas Childrens Hospital and she told us the 1st 3 years are the most crucial in young children. I think since she is to you still beat the odds. I hope I was able to help in some way

October 15, 2010 at 6:56 am
(11) david nsikan says:

I have a 4 year old son that was daigonised with thyroid function, he has hair loss, has weight loss.

What do i do or what treatment will he need to correct the abnormality.

January 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm
(12) kimberly says:

he has hyperthyroidism. the thyroid gland is producing too much of the thyroid hormone. They will give him a drug to slow his heartrate ( hypertension is a common symptom of hyperthyroidism). but keep in mind that he is ok, but probably wont always feel ok. look up the symptoms and get to know what he is going through. This will help you and him.

October 15, 2010 at 11:36 am
(13) Shondra Miller says:

My son was diagnosed at two weeks old and he has been doing well except in school he has problems being still and he never can stay focused. The doc said he may be a lil ADHD. I dont know whats doing on with him.

December 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm
(14) salwa anwer says:

My daughter has been diagnosed with high thyroid level and she is just 2 years old,im really worried and i just want to know that if she will be ok after the treatment and abt wht sort of treatment will be given to her?

December 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(15) Anisha says:

Hello,
My 11 years old girl is growing at a very fast pace. We are tall parents but she seems to me growing too fast. She struggles in studies and likes to feed on sweet stuff and have some trouble concentrating and being focused when given a task. She would give up easily if she finds a task hard and would need constant reminder to sit down and get her homework done. Can you please help.

January 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm
(16) Christina says:

I Was diagnosed with thyroid issues as an adult. For me it is actually very simple, I take a small pill every morning and thats it. My mother has it, I have it and now Im beliveing that my children may have it.

April 13, 2011 at 5:53 am
(17) Vic10 says:

Hi, I have a 4yr old son. He is over weight, he eats healthy and is very active.. no matter how much or little he eats he gains weight… I went to the doctor concerning his sudden weight gain and they told me to eat healthy.. (which as a family we have always done. Neither me, my husband or eldest son are over weight) And advised me to put him on a diet?? I am at a loss as to what is wrong?? could it be his thyroid??

October 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm
(18) Patty says:

My son (who is now 10) has this same problem. He started putting on weight when he was 6. Both younger and older brothers are quite thin. We have an active lifestyle, eat right, no tv or video games, etc. He doesn’t eat any different than they, and yet keeps putting on weight.

I’ve had his thyroid checked, but the levels are within the normal range – although at the low end.

Did you find anything out about your son?

Thanks.

June 18, 2011 at 8:31 am
(19) Heather says:

Is there a way to know and have it tested before growth is stunted.

Every single woman in my family (myself included) and most the men have been diagnosed as hypothyroid sometime between age 9 and age 16. I shouldn’t say every, my mother was hyperthyroid until hers was radiated at age 30.

I’m worried my daughter will develop it to and not be tested and caught because she is so tall. (Although I am only 5’2, her father is 6’7 and she has been up to age 5 on the 99th percentile for girls her age.) She is naturally tall, and thicker (not overweight but thicker than other girls, though extremely active, has been put in some boys leagues or older children leagues in her sports because of the unevenness this causes) – and I’m worried that if she develops it like the rest of us it’s going to be overlooked because of her height because the emphasis I saw here on height, and figure that even if she is not growing right anymore she will still be tall.
Should I test periodically? Would a doctor normally catch this anyways? Since I take my daughter in to appointments, there’s no reminder of her father’s height.

Hopefully this is a moot point but I am concerned about it because I’ve had things missed in me (Failure to absorb vitamin B-12 leading to severe deficiency) until it was so bad I was in the hospital and of course we never want our children to suffer, and I also don’t want her true height stunted. Seems like it would make sense to test before this when risk is high.

July 18, 2011 at 2:44 am
(20) mom says:

my 5 yr 3 month old boy is not gaining weight for the past 1and a 1/2 yr . he is 14 kg and 106 cm. for the last 4 months he is having good appetite. and gained 1 kg.
in winter every year from birth he is getting admitted to hospital for 3 to 5 days because of bacterial infection in upper respiratory..

does he have a stunned growth?

birth weight — 2.76 kg
height —51 cm

I (mother) was hypothyroid before pregnancy and was taking eltroxin 50 mcg before and during pregnancy.

July 18, 2011 at 8:10 am
(21) aamir says:

I feel fatigue. My voice usally deepens down and there is sometimes muscular pain as well. I usually feel exhausted. Are these the problems becaz of throidism.

September 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm
(22) alejandra says:

Thank you for all the information. My daughter is 2 1/2 years and she has hyperthyroidism. She was diagnosed when she turned 2 years. she kept getting sick since she was born one thing after another. We were in the hospital almost 2 times a month. Test after test and no diagnostic until they finally found wat is wrong with her. She is now getting on the normal levels of hormones.

October 4, 2011 at 9:52 am
(23) Michelle says:

Alejandra,

What were your daughter symptons? I have a 5 year old and Im afraid he might have the same thing.

Thanks

October 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm
(24) felicita says:

my daughter has exzema the doctors say they dont know what is causing it.

October 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm
(25) felicita says:

my daughter has exzema the doctors say they dont know what is causing it.

November 11, 2011 at 2:44 am
(26) Ruth Nava says:

When my son was a little baby the doctor did the test for the thyroid and the test came a little high (thyroid) and he told me that it was normal that sometimes that happend…I read about the symptoms of thyroid and my son didn’t have any of those sysmptoms…..Seriously I don’t know what to think…

November 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm
(27) libra west says:

Hello, when my daughter was born she was 7lbs and 8oz. she was very hairy when she was born and thought that was wierd. as months went on she was a normal baby growing at the normal time she ate normally as well. when she was 6months i noticed she began gaining alot of weight my docter began noticing at maybe

November 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm
(28) libra west says:

I have a 21month old daughter. she was growen normally up untill she was 6months old. she began gaining weight so fast docter keeps tellen me to put her on diet and stop giving milk. she doesnt eat alot and she does drink alot of milk in a day but i dont think thats making her gain weight like that. now at 21months shes 60lbs shes very active im confused on whats going on with her. could this b signs of thyroid? she also will stay up for almost 12hrs or more a day as well i dont understand that either. what could this be thats going on. im really worried because shes really over weight. any suggestions?

November 27, 2011 at 2:23 am
(29) saswat says:

My son is 11 yrs. old. he has always shown lack of inclination towards food. Oflate he has been feeling week. when shown t our family doc. he advised a TSH test done. The result was 5.54,. His conclusion that it is in the border line & advised a drug thyrox12.5mg . one tab a day. but i am anxious because he is not putting weight. Pl. give a advise .

January 7, 2012 at 11:34 am
(30) maruthi says:

my daughter is 10yrs old. (Current height 142 cm & 42 Kg weight). 2yrs back TSH test was conducted and her thyroid level was found to be 8.5. She was diagnosed as Hyper-Thyroid and prescribed medication since then (Thyronorm 25mg with 50mg on alternate days) in a week. We have been checking the TSH levels every 6 months.

Last week, the TSH level was found to be 4.65. In the report, the normal range for children appeared as 2.0 to 10.0, and to our surprise, this range was not indicated in any of the previous reports.

What is the normal reference range for thyroid in children?
We want to know whether she is really suffering from Hyper-thyroidism and does she require any further medication.

Please advice and let us know your views.

February 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(31) angelica rios says:

My sons first sign was when his soft spot on his head went away after just a month after being born then he was diagnosed with “craniosinatoysis” meaning his scull fused too soon, so he had to have surgery so that his brain could have room togrow.then at six months was diagnosed with advanced boned growth, at 6 month his bones were advanced of a 2 year old. Then he was sweeting, not sleeping well, he stop gaining his weight, was getting super hyper,is eyes started to look droopy, he had high heart rate and blood pressure. He was alway hungry and just stoped gaining waight. So at 5 months he was diagnosed with hyper thyroidism was put on propanalol for a bit then was put on methazole , he was stable on that for about 7 months then when turn 12 months the medecine began to damage his liver so they stoped it and put him back on the propanalol , then sceduled him for surgery for feb 1, 2012 to remove his thyroid but that didn’t go as planed couse they just couldn’t get his heart rate under contal, so they raised his heart medicene, and started him on this medicene called “Lithium” also used for “bipolor”. So now they are testing that and hopeful it work couse his resceduled for feb 22, 2012. Wait and see!

February 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm
(32) Amanda says:

I am thirteen and I recently been diagnosed for having hypothyroidism. Is that common for such a young age or rare? Also, I been taking levothyroxine and ever since I been taking it I’ve been feeling weird. For example sometimes I get pain in my muscles & ankles when I do physical activities & I get crampy in my ribs and then I have trouble breathing. Is that something I should be worrying about? Or is it just a side effect? But I told my specialist he really didn’t say anything he just hired my prescription I use to take 50 each day but now I take 100 mg but at different times. Is that bad or should I listen to him? Please reply back thank you. I’m very concerned and just learning about my condition. Should I be worrying about it, is it major? Thank you .

April 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm
(33) MrsEatWell says:

Please see a functional practioner before starting any medications with children. If you do not discover the “why” you are simply masking the reason for the thyroid imbalance (or disease). Many factors can play a role in how the thyroid works. Stress (adrenal fatigue), poor methylation (hormone metabolites back up in the system), diet (high sugar, low nutrient foods), and low exercise. About 10% of all disease is genetic. Thyroid issues have been climbing but so has our environmental toxic load. Babies are born toxic and have a toxic load unlike what we had as kids. This can throw off immune balance and make children more susceptible to gut inflammation and disease. Many of the factors can be corrected with food, supplementation and integrative approaches. Please, take the time to find out WHY your child is having thyroid issues. Look for “Functional Medicine Practitioners”

April 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm
(34) Jenny says:

Hi Everyone,
I hope this helps. I was diagnosed with thyroid disease at age 15. I’m 20 now. I had a ton of symptoms but my dr. never caught it. My level was at 8.5. It now feels that best at about .9. ALthough there can be a large range of acceptable levels it all depends on where the child feels best. Even when I was within the normal range but on the high side I felt terrible. I now can tell when my medicine needs to be adjusted. I take 100mcg of synthroid everyday and I haven’t had any negative side effects from it. I could never gain weight, my growth was stunted, I was always sick and would get rashes a lot. I also have chronic pain in all my joints from the thyroid disease. I think it’s best to get kids tested early so that treatment can start because it really does it make it better. It took a while for the medicine to start working for the sooner the better! The disease sounds scary but it is really not that bad!

May 5, 2012 at 11:18 am
(35) Natalie says:

My 8 years old daughter’s blood test came TSH 7.8 (higher than normal) and her doc. recommended her to start on hormone therapy. I refused. I am giving her supplements with iodine and kelp for 3 months, I will test her and if she is still hypo, I will check with a Homeopath. If there is no fix for her, than I will start her on the hormone therapy.

I don’t feel right to start right away on hormone therapy before trying other alternatives that may cure her. Hormone therapy does not cure, it maintains, I want a cure.

I would suggest the same thing to others, especially parents with small kids. Before you start your kids to hormone medications they will take the rest of their lives, please check with alternative doctors if there is anything missing from their diet, like iodine, and try the supplements first. It may be an easy fix.

May 9, 2012 at 1:44 am
(36) Siv says:

Sir / Madam,

My Baby is 9 months old. Doctor asked to test for Thyroid Problem. Result yet to come. Thyroid Problem for Child is Serious? Anything to worry? How the medicine will be?
Kindly advise me.

June 17, 2012 at 11:27 am
(37) Cassandra says:

Hi I’m Cassie I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 10 going on 11 I’m currently 17 going on 18. Lets just say I’ve dealt with this for a good ammount of time. I’ve had two specialist. I had to leave the first one because when I was 14 he continualy prescribed me the highest dosage of synthroid medicine and I had a seizure. I’m with another docter and have been great! Being diagnosed with this hasn’t really affected my life and ability to live it to the fullest. I shoot rifles and went to the nationals. As long as you have a good doctor you will do great :) so parents don’t worry its easily treatable the only bothersome thing is after you take the medicine you have to wait up to an hour to eat. Granted there are many risks to the medicine but its worth it to be treated. Before I got diagnosed I had depression and no energy and now when I feel a little depression I know it’s time to schedule a sooner visit with my specialist, another thing the best specialist in my city wont accept anyone under 18 and I’m looking forward to being her pasient soon because although I’m the only minor my doctor currently sees he’s not the best. Another downside is that its a life long thing you have to live with. I’m currently in the process of joining the army and all I have to do is get a medical waiver.
Sorry I rambled but I hope what I’ve said helps people see you can live a normal life living with hypothyroidism

June 17, 2012 at 11:34 am
(38) Cassandra says:

Adding to my earlier comment,

I’m short I’m only 4’11″1/2 hypothyroidism caused me to not really grow and I weigh 99lbs it is hard to lose weight but when your levels are good it is easier (not completely impossible) to achieve the weight you want.

With anyone that has questions or anything I hope what I’ve said has helped

August 14, 2012 at 9:44 am
(39) Janet says:

Thank you for posting this. I am the 3rd generation in my family to be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. I was 7 when I was diagnosed. My daughter was diagnosed at 4 yrs old. I notice that the symptoms for young children are lacking one that her pediatric endocrinologist always inquires about- mood swings. My daughter cries frequently when it is time to increase her hormone dosage.

August 14, 2012 at 9:51 am
(40) Janet says:

I would like to add, my 4 yr old had no other symptoms other than moodiness and a goiter. Her weight and height were perfectly normal. She had no issues with concentration or constipation. Because I was diagnosed young, I spoke to our family doctor at every check up about keeping in mind that I wanted her screened whenever the doctor picked up on any potential symptoms. Because I deferred to the doctor but always voiced my concerns, there was never a battle over it. At 4, we decided to get a baseline and it turned out she already needed to be medicated. If you have concerns, ask for a blood test. We took her to the children’s hospital and kept the whole experience as positive as possible. It is still hard watching her put her little arm out for a needle every 6 months, but at least I know we are maintaining her health.

August 29, 2012 at 6:03 am
(41) jaye says:

I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid gland 39 years ago, when I was ten years of age. I have been taking thyroxine tablets for this long. I am on 225mg now and have been taking a high dose most of my adult life. I was also diagnosed when I was about 30 with perniceous aneamia of which I have a B12 injection every 12 weeks. Is there any connection with the two illnesses?? My other concern is I have prematurely aged, which I have been told this is also connected to long term use of thyroxine tablets. Is there any information of effects of long term use of lethythroxine tablets.

October 7, 2012 at 2:23 am
(42) Victoria Reiahana says:

My son was born with out a thyroid gland. He has been on thyroid medication since birth. He is now 13 years old and fairly healthy normal teenager. I would how ever like to know if his lack of appetite, sluggish behavior and sensitvity to the cold are normal or due to having Hypothyroidism? There isnt alot of information out there…. he never gets hungry, has to be reminded to eat and drink… I always thought this was because he is fussy. He has grwn so tall in the last year but is so skinny. He has very little get up and go. Would love some feed back

October 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm
(43) Denise says:

Victoria, yes. Those are hypothyroid symptoms. As others have mentioned, just because one person feels good with a TSH of 1.5, I personally feel like a complete wreck of a human being. I feel BEST at .9. So, your son may be “in range”, but we aren’t lab numbers, we are people and should be treated based on symptoms and not numbers; therefore, I have his levels retested. Most people feel best around 1.0 or less.

Also, to Natalie, you can’t cure thyroid disease. Well, at least Hashimoto’s. Approx. 75% of people who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism actually have autoimmune Thyroid disease, or Hashimoto’s. There is no cure, there is only giving back the hormone that your body is lacking. I prefer non-synthetic meds like Armour, but some do well on T4 synthetic meds also.

What stinks more than anything is that doctors are trained to view lab numbers ONLY. Few progressive doctors will look at symptoms as well. This leaves MANY people undiagnosed or missed. It’s a shame!

One quick and easy little test to see if you MIGHT have low or high thyroid function is a basal body temp taken first thing in the morning. Before I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, my body temps hovered around 96.9. A morning body temp should be around 97.8-98.2 before stepping out of bed and roughly 98.6 in the day. Good luck!!

January 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm
(44) April says:

I have a 12 yr. old daughter displaying pretty much all the signs of Hashimoto’s. Her labs came back TSH 1.13 (.5-4.3), FT4 1.3 (0.9-1.4) *()= their ” normal range”. We just discovered I have Hashi’s after being Hypo for 14 yrs., my grandmother probably did before they cut it out 30 yrs. ago, my aunt is hypo, and so is my mom & sister. How much family backing do I really need before they will quit paying attention to the stupid lab results and listen to her symptoms? I am afraid to do anything suppliment wise because of her age and hormones kicking in, but doing nothing is just making it worse! Any advise?

February 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(45) tonia says:

My 7 year old daughter has had these symptoms for over two years: emotional, moody, cries a lot, severe stomach pain, irritated blinking eyes, bone aches, constipation, difficulty concentrating, highs and lows, hyper one minute, and lethargic the next. Her stomach has been so painful. After two years of my pushing the doctors to check different things, and after 8 months of being on stool softeners, she was diagnosed with hyperactive thyroid. I want to find the CAUSE, not using radioactive meds to kill her thyroid and then medicate her everyday for the rest of her life. Sounds ridiculous! I was advised to check out Dr. Brownstein, and I have ordered his books. Does anyone have any advice? My poor little girl has been dealing with doctors and symptoms for so long.

February 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm
(46) tonia says:

i forgot to mention that my daughter;s level for thyroid was 17. Has anyone ever heard of a level that high?

February 14, 2013 at 9:28 pm
(47) Mcmama says:

I just received a phone call that my (almost) 4 year old daughter has a TSH level of 17. I am freaking out!! Please, anyone help! I am taking her to a specialist tomorrow. Are there certain questions to ask? Tests to get? What will we need to do long term other than medicate? Could this be correlated to anything else? She is my life!! We are willing to do anything/go anywhere for the best treatment.

March 21, 2013 at 12:02 am
(48) KC says:

I was diagnosed with Graves disease in 1995. My symptoms were I was tired in the day and I had insomnia at night. Also my heart rate was high and I was always out of breath. And I was gaining weight. I thought I was hypothyroid and it turns out my thyroid was high. I was given two options, get my thyroid radiated or take anti thyroid medication. I opted to be radiated and take a thyroid supplement as the anti thyroid pill had undesirable side affects and could be passed through breast milk… almost 20 years later I’m fine and feel great. . One previous poster mentioned not wanting treatment but this is a serious thing not to mess with. The radiation is the safest option

April 29, 2013 at 12:14 am
(49) Lydia says:

I have symptoms of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. I get headaches, weak muscules, blurry vision, I can’t seem to gain weight, I am short even though everyone else in my family is average, I get emotional (easily cry, short tempered, ect), I sweat even when I am not hot, my skin is more dry than normal, my hands tremble, and my heart beats fast. my cheeks get flushed sometimes and i am often tired, i don’t know if dilated pupils mean anything, but they tend to be big even when its bright. i might have left stuff out but i feel as though i am dragging on lol. i don’t know what it is? it might even be hypoglycemia? i am only 12 so maybe its just the hormones? another thing, i often get sharp pains in my chest and go to the bathroom more than other people, i also bruise easily and i feel like i have a fever but i don’t, and my hands are like ice cold no matter what, also clammy and sweaty. i don’t think its anything serious but maybe it is.

April 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm
(50) Cynthia says:

Regarding TSH=17. I was diagnosed hypo as an adult, but at the time of diagnosis my TSH was 36! It very quickly came down with synthroid, has been controlled ever since, and I have no lasting effects of the temporarily sky-high TSH. It may be different for children because of growth issues, but my guess would be as long as they get treatment, they’ll be fine.

June 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm
(51) menaka says:

Hi, my husband is having hyper thyroid and now getting doubt whether my 3 years old kid also may get affects…bcz she is too much active and always rest less…also under weight only. please let me know whether kid have chance to get affect bcz of my husbands thyroid….

July 7, 2013 at 1:01 am
(52) Felicia Mills says:

My son is two and a half and is experiencing alot of hair loss and his doctor ran blood tests his thyroid level is 4750 but everything else is normal. they are running another blood test to make sure. The only problem is he does not gain weight which they say in a thyroid problem is not normal. please can someone tell me something i just want to know what to do next.

July 7, 2013 at 11:45 pm
(53) Evelyn says:

I have a 5 year old girl which has recently been diagnosed with hyperthyroid.she was losing lots of weight, always complaining of hunger, hyperactive, she told me her eyes hurt & I noticed that her eyeball were getting prominent. The gp thinks hyperthyroidism is very unusual in children this age but decide to run some blood test as myself and husband are both hyperthyroid.

Since then, she has been given atenolol (decrease her heart rate and blood pressure) and carbimazole for the hyperthyroidism. She is putting on weight, less hyper and settled and her blood pressure and heart rate has come down. The endocrinologist and paediatrician are still adjusting her thyroid dosage as its rather tricky getting it right as too much of it causes her to be hypo and insufficient of it and she is hyper again. Fingers crossed and will wait and see if she ever goes into remission.

July 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm
(54) MIMI says:

My granddaughter has gain over 10 pounds and grown a few inches in the last year. I did get her new md to test her thyroid, still waiting on test to come back. She had a Thyroid duct cyst removed three years ago, so is 7 years old. She also had trouble focusing in school but didn’t bother classmates, she would get her work finish just slower than others. She was a straight A student. She has large tonsils & sleep apnea. She has get’s hot and kicks off covers even in a 65 % room at night. Now she says she feels like needles are sticking her all over. She also is being sent to have a heart mumer checked out. Has anyone had this symptoms in their child. What is a normal range on thyroid? Her great grandmother has thyroid problems.

October 26, 2013 at 5:47 am
(55) Rose Mendoza says:

My 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with thyroid last week. This came as a surprise cause she’s so young. I was wondering why her hair all of a sudden got kinky. I figured it was because of my side of the family cause my fathers side has curly hair and I thought she got it from them. And the bulging eyes. But when I think of it now everything make sense now. Cause when she first started school she would come home from school sweating like crazy. And I thought it was the weather cause Hawaii is so hot and humid. Plus she also lost a lot of weight. So finally I brought her to the doctor and they did a blood test.and when the results came in the doctor ask if anyone has thyroid. I said yes my mom. She got them in the 90′s. They told me that’s where she got it from.. I said OMG. So all I been doing is reading about thyroid …..

December 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm
(56) smartygirl says:

Hyperthyroidism is not “also called thyrotoxicosis.” Thyrotoxicosis is a possible complication of hyperthyroidism, but they are not one and the same. Makes me doubt the veracity of the rest of the article.

January 24, 2014 at 10:25 am
(57) Sarah says:

My mother, sister, brother and I all have an underactive thyroid. My 9 year old has been out of sorts for around 15 months. I have today discovered that he has an overactive thyroid.

This makes so much sense. He hasn’t put on weight in 2 years, he fidgets and can never sit still, he is pale and always makes funny little twitches with his eyes and his concentration level is very low. As a result he has struggles at school and is having extra support.

Hopefully we will see a consultant soon and we will see an improvement in his overall health.

Mothers do know best and my gut instict was to keep going with the GP as i knew something wasn’t right.

March 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm
(58) Lorie says:

My daughter is almost 16. She was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder at 9 years old. She eats really good and is extremely active in sports all year around. She keeps gaining weight and im not sure why. We have lab work done every three months to check her and it is always in the normal range.

April 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm
(59) Dawn says:

My husband and myself both have hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed at 19, while he was in his thirties. I knew that I would have to watch for it in my daughter but never suspected that our son could as well. He developed something called slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). This is only treated with surgery. This typically happens when there are other things contributing and a good portion of the children who develop this, also have hypothyroidism so while he was in the hospital, they checked him for it. My 10 year old son had a tsh of 314. They started thyroid meds in the hospital before he was released. I believe that it has affected his growth. I’m hoping that getting him down to a more reasonable tsh, will help him grow better. In the last 4 years, he has only grown 6 inches, and it should be closer to 10. At the request of his endocrinologist, I am having my daughter checked as well. The main reason I didn’t check it sooner was because I was told it is rare in children. Trust your gut. It is far better to be safe than sorry and having your child need surgery to fix something that could have been prevented. A simple blood test is way easier on a parent than surgery for their child and way easier on a child too. His endocrinologist said it can develop at any age. Watch for it especially if there is a significant family history and test frequently.

May 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm
(60) aruna says:

natalie,
i am interested to know the medications given to your daughter
and how it has improved her health
please reply cause my son is diagnosed with hypothyroid
i would like to go for curing thyroid instead of supplementing with harmones all the life

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