Thyroid Disorders in Children

Charli's Story
Congenital Hypothyroidism | Transient Hypothyroidism
Acquired Hypothyroidism | Pregnancy and Breastfeeding | Growth Charts for Infants and Toddlers
Hyperthyroidism | Thyroid Organizations and Support Groups | Medical Search Engines
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My Child has a Thyroid Disorder

My daughter Charli was born in October of 1994. She was full term, seemingly healthy, and absolutely beautiful. Little did I know, this little bundle of joy would turn my whole life around. Being the mother of 3 then, I surely knew it all, or so I thought...

Since then I've learned a wealth of information about this disorder. The fact is, it's not just a pill a day. There is so much to know and such little time to do it. Our window of opportunity to ensure proper growth and development for our children is very small. Unfortunately, for my child, I couldn't learn what I needed to know fast enough to help her get through this unscathed.

Now I'm able to help other parents like myself, by offering parent support and information on Thyroid Disorders in Children...

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Congenital Hypothyroidism

This is a disorder that affects infants from birth (congenital), resulting from the loss of thyroid function (hypothyroidism), normally due to failure of the thyroid gland to develop correctly. Sometimes the thyroid gland is absent, or ectopic (in an abnormal location). As a result, the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroxine/T4 after birth. Without prompt and proper treatment this may result in abnormal growth and development, as well as slower mental function.

Congenital Hypothyroidism Links & Articles

Transient Hypothyroidism

Some hypothyroid newborns have a temporary form of this disorder known as transient hypothyroidism. Transient hypothyroidism is treated the same as permanent hypothyroidism due to the importance of proper growth and development. There is no way to know if a child is truly transient until they are taken off medication between the age of 3-5. At that time a transient child will resume normal thyroid functions without the help of thyroid hormones. It can be dangerous to take a child off thyroid replacement hormone before the age of 3 while major growth and development is occuring.

Transient Hypothyroidism in Preterm Neonates

Transient primary hypothyroidism in the newborn

Congenital hypothyroidism. The effect of stopping treatment at 3 years old

Transient hypothyroidism in infants born to mothers with chronic thyroiditis

Acquired Hypothyroidism

Anyone, child or adult can become hypothyroid at anytime in their life, this is called acquired or clinical hypothyroidism. Unlike congenital hypothyroidism, it is not screened for and is very often hereditary. Acquired hypothyroidism (Autoimmune Thyroiditis) is usually very slow moving which makes diagnosis difficult. Diagnosis normally occurs once a person is symptomatic, at this point the disorder has been with them for some time, months or possibly years.
In a child, a bone age test can help in determining the onset of the disorder.

Thyroid Disease in Childhood

Hypothyroidism in Infancy and Childhood

Unmasking Thyroid Disease, Children & Adults...

Thyroid Physiology

One Parent's Empowerment
A personal Story & links

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Growth Charts for Infants and Toddlers


Thyroid Organizations and Support Groups

Medical Search Engines

Medical Dictionary

Adult Section
FAQ's and Links

Kelly Cherkes

This website has been designed to help empower parents of children with thyroid disorders. All the information herein is subject to opinion. If you suspect your child may be suffering from a thyroid disorder it is recommended that you seek professional advice from a certified pediatric endocrinologist.
No one individual or company connected with this website assumes any liability or responsibility for its contents.

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