Endocronologist (Pediatric) Questions Hypothyroidism

How is congenital hypothyroidism treated?

My daughter is 7 years old and has been diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism. What is the best course of treatment?

3 Answers

Congenital hypothyroidism is treated with thyroid medication only. There are many thyroid medications. At the hand of a good doctor almost all the thyroid medications Will control the thyroid. Thyroid hormone is very important for growth and development. For children less than 3 years thyroid is the principal hormone for the neurodevelopment of the brain.
Thyroid hormone need to be given at an optimum dose as to keep the TSH at the lower end of normal.TSH between 0.5-1.5 ideally. Of course we are talking about the 90% of children with primary congenital hypothyroidism not central hypothyroidism.
This is unusual given her age, but management is by daily thyroid hormone medication to get and keep her blood levels in a normal range.
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Given her daily medications, and checking routinely her levels in blood