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Are there any natural cures for hypothyroidism in a child?
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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Thyroid hormone replacement with levothyroxine is the only treatment that will work.

In brief: No
Thyroid hormone replacement with levothyroxine is the only treatment that will work.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
In brief: No
The natural cure is thyroid hormone which is really natural same as the body makes.

In brief: No
The natural cure is thyroid hormone which is really natural same as the body makes.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Although there are "natural" treatments for hypothyroidism, the standard of care is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that mimics the hormone the body is not making correctly.
Low thyroid levels in children can permanently damage brain development, so it is important to take medicine that is well proven to work. Don't risk taking something "natural" that might not work. Natural isn't always better!

In brief: Yes
Although there are "natural" treatments for hypothyroidism, the standard of care is a synthetic (man-made) hormone that mimics the hormone the body is not making correctly.
Low thyroid levels in children can permanently damage brain development, so it is important to take medicine that is well proven to work. Don't risk taking something "natural" that might not work. Natural isn't always better!
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. David Galbraith
I totally agree with Dr Stuppy's advice. It is critical to use a pharmacological thyroid hormone that is reliable and reproducible. As noted by Dr Sleppy, the consequences of not treating hypothyroidism promptly and effectively can have significant lifelong consequences. The younger the child, the more serious the long-term consequences.
Dr. David Galbraith
Whoops! Did not mean to misspell Dr Stuppy's name.
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