A 48-year-old member asked:
are there any good natural remedies for grave's disease in a child?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Javier Chinen answered
29 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
NOT KNOWN: Grave's disease is the result of inappropriate immune response reacting with the thyroid gland and making it secrete thyroid hormone, and increase the fat tissue surrounding the eye orbits. There are no known natural remedies that have been shown to decrease or abate this specific immune response. When using natural remedies, risk/cost and benefits (potential or proven) should be balanced.
Answered on Nov 27, 2014
Dr. Gary Snead answered
33 years experience ADHD and Autism
No: In a sense the actual treatment is a natural treatment, giving the thyroid hormone molecule that the child's thyroid no longer makes, but is safer as it is just the molecule in question and not other extracted molecules from some dead person or animal's thyroid.
Answered on Jan 20, 2016
Dr. Patricia Vuguin answered
32 years experience Pediatrics
No: Only medication and it is really important fro a child with graves to be treated right.
Answered on Apr 13, 2012
Dr. Cayce Jehaimi answered
20 years experience Pediatric Endocrinology
No: Only selenium has been shown to improve graves' orbitopathy (eye involvement) as shown in a recent recent. In order to lower thyroid hormone levels, only antithyroid medications (such as Methimazole and ptu (propylthiouracil)) can effective in achieving such goal. There is now a black warning for the use of ptu (propylthiouracil) (can cause liver damage) so most pediatric endcorinologist will now prescribe methimazole.
Answered on Jun 28, 2014
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