Thyroid Disease in Kids
The thyroid is a vital hormone gland found at the front of your child’s neck. A healthy thyroid gland produces the hormones needed to regulate the metabolic rate. It also controls an array of vital body functions, e.g., heart rate, body temperature, respiration, muscle strength, body weight, and more.
Thyroid disease symptoms in kids are similar to those in adults. The two most common forms of thyroid disease in kids are hyperthyroid and hypothyroid conditions.
Hyperthyroidism in Kids
In hyperthyroid conditions, the body’s thyroid gland produces more thyroid hormones than the body needs.
Symptoms may include enlarged thyroid, rapid growth, fast pulse, hair loss, difficulty swallowing, mood swings/emotional outbursts, weight loss, intolerance of hot weather, and bulging eyes.
Hypothyroidism in Kids
This condition results when the thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones. Symptoms may include the child’s complaints of feeling cold, slow pulse rate, hair loss, slower than average growth, dry skin, fatigue, delayed dental development, delayed puberty, slow speech, and weight gain.
If you think your child might have thyroid disease, don’t hesitate to contact us today.