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What causes hypothyroidism in children?
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is the body's autoimmune reaction producing antibodies against the thyroid gland. A mother's thyroid disorder treatment (such as iodine) or maternal antithyroid antibodies can affect her unborn child's thyroid function.
What is transient hypothyroidism?
Some newborns may have abnormal thyroid hormone levels at birth, which eventually stabilize and become normal.
What is congenital hypothyroidism?
Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) means the disorder is present at birth. About 1,400 per 5,000,000 newborns are diagnosed with CH shortly after birth each year.
What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism in children?
The symptoms of hypothyroidism in children are different than in adults. Each child may experience symptoms differently, and often the symptoms are not seen at all. This is why all infants should be screened for low thyroid.
Symptoms in newborns (neonatal hypothyroidism) may include:
Childhood (juvenile hypothyroidism):
Adolescents (adolescent hypothyroidism):
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