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How do complementary doctors treat congenital hypothyroidism?

How do complementary doctors treat congenital hypothyroidism?

Thyroid hormone: The treatment for congenital hypothyroidism is to replace the missing hormone, thyroxine, and monitor the treatment. I would hope all health providers would treat it the same way! it's a very natural treatment (it's replacing the same missing hormone the body is not making) and usually all that is necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Judy Saslow
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Hypothyroidism (Infant And Child) (Definition)

Congenital hypothyroidism is a medical condition in which babies have low levels of thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is crucial for development, especially development of the brain, and lack of thyroid hormone can lead to mental retardation. Causes of congenital hypothyroidism include the failure of the thyroid gland to form (agenesis) or immature brain to gland signaling. Treatment via thyroid hormone replacement is very effective. ...Read more


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Doctor scared my daughter about having congenital hypothyroidism. What would you say?

Doctor scared my daughter about having congenital hypothyroidism. What would you say?

Life long treatment: Approximately, 1 in 3000 newborn babies is found to have a very low level of thyroid hormone. This is generally due to either complete absence or poor development of thyroid gland. Once diagnosed and treatment (hormone replacement) started early in newborn period, normal life is expected in most of the affected individuals. ...Read more

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If I had low thyroxine free when I was Preggy and then my baby was born with congenital hypothyroidism should I of been treated during my pregnancy?

If I had low thyroxine free when I was Preggy and then my baby was born with congenital hypothyroidism should I of been treated during my pregnancy?

No: I understand how you feel but Thyroxine does not pass very well through the placenta and one cannot treat hypothyroidism in the fetus before delivery. As long as the infant was diagnosed early and is receiving Rx then all sound be OK. ...Read more

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How do you get congenital hypothyroidism?

Genetic & sporadic: Hi. Congenital hypothyroidism left untreated is disastrous for the patient (cretinism). In the US, we screen all neonates for hypothyroidism. The only patient with cretinism I've seen was born in Mexico, where they don't screen neonates; it was tragic. There are known genes that can cause congenital hypothyroidism either in the homozygous recessive state or heterozygous dominant state. Screen!!! ...Read more

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What symptoms make you think of congenital hypothyroidism?

Many: Depends on the age but for infants, they can have puffy face, dull look, thick tongue that sticks out. For toddlers and children, they can have constipation, dry, brittle skin, poor feeding, short height, sleepiness, fatigue, loss of muscle tone (floppy kids), choking epidodes, low hairline...This is a serious disease with serious lifetime consequences. It's easily checked by a blood test. ...Read more

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What are some good websites for congenital hypothyroidism?

Magic Foundation: Great reputation for many pediatric endocrine conditions- directed toward families: http://www.Magicfoundation.Org/www/docs/114.125/. ...Read more

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Foods to avoid if your baby has congenital hypothyroidism?

Foods to avoid if your baby has congenital hypothyroidism?

Yes: Please avoid excessive intake of foods with very high iodine content like seaweed or goitrogens like in brassica vegetables. Luckily, in a normal diet, it is impossible to feed your baby too much of these foods. ...Read more

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Why might congenital hypothyroidism not cause immune problems?

Why might congenital hypothyroidism not cause immune problems?

See below: Congenital hypothroidism is caused by poor development of thyroid gland in utero and not by immunologic injury. ...Read more

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Can you replace a thyroid if a child has congenital hypothyroidism?

Can you replace a thyroid if a child has congenital hypothyroidism?

No: You can replace the thyroid hormone missing but you can't replace the gland. The medication is cheap, effective and nearly identical to the body's version. Check with your doctor if thyroxine therapy is indeed warranted. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more