Thyroid Dysfunction in Children

The dictionary definition of thyroid is that of a noun or adjective, of Greek origin: "a large butterfly shaped endocrine gland (that is) situated on the front of the neck, and which produces various hormones." It can affect many bodily functions including weight and weight loss. In children, the thyroid functions in a way different than that of adults. That is why it is important to observe a newborn and infant closely and to see a physician immediately if he or she manifests the symptoms of a thyroid dysfunctional child.

Simple observation is the easiest means of determining whether or not a child has thyroid dysfunction. Complaints of reoccurring sore throats, swelling of the adenoids and early onset of acne may be manifestations of childhood thyroid dysfunction. Children who have been exposed to asbestos, pesticides and/or other toxic chemicals may show a propensity to thyroid dysfunction. These children, and others, experience an inability to fight infection and disease, and they manifest autoimmune problems as well as physiological problems.

Symptoms may include but are not limited to:

Unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight

Fatigue and the inability to concentrate


Dry, pale skin and/or puffiness in the face, hands and/or feet

There are some treatment regimens that are common and accepted to control childhood thyroid dysfunction. For example, Aldair, originally prescribed for adults, now offers a child-friendly dosage. Strict diet control may also stem the effects of this condition. It is important to consult with a pediatrician who specializes in thyroid related illnesses, in order to find the best treatment for your child.

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