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Thyroid Problems In Children

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Problems of the thyroid gland are not limited to adults alone, even children can suffer from thyroid diseases. The Thyroid Foundation of Canada says, “Most thyroid disease seen in adults also occur in children. Although there are some differences in management, the principles remain the same.”

Therefore, as a parent, it is important for you to know about the various thyroid problems and their treatment. Knowledge of symptoms of thyroid problems will allow you to spot them early in your children and enable you to take the necessary steps to keep them under control.

Thyroid problems are of two types. One is that of an overactive thyroid, in which the thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormone; this condition is called hyperthyroidism. The other is that of an underactive thyroid, in which hormone production below normal and is called hypothyroidism. Some of the usual symptoms of thyroid problems include low energy levels, undue weight gain, constipation, sweaty palms and mood swings among others. You should watch out for any of these symptoms to know if your child suffers from any thyroid problem. You can visit the website of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan to learn about the various thyroid conditions and their treatment options.

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