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What are the symptoms of a thyroid diorder in a child age 9?
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Default What are the symptoms of a thyroid diorder in a child age 9? - 12-16-2008, 07:08 PM

My daughter's tyroid seem enlarged and I was curious if she may have an underactive thyroid. She had gained weight in the last year.And what causes thyroid problems ------
   
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thinning hair, and a hugeee increase in weight ------
   
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o poor memory and concentrationo tiredness&fatigueo depressiono irritabilityo weight gaino muscle weakness and crampso intolerance to cold weathero deteriorating or slowing growth rateo constipationo dry, coarse, itchy skino brittle hairo a croaky, hoarse voiceo slow reflexeso slow heart rateo delayed as well as precocious sexual developmento high cholesterol levelso girls may suffer from increased menstrual flowNB: children and adolescents with under activity of the thyroid may have almost no symptoms or signs other than weight gain or slowing growth. ------
   
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Default 12-20-2008, 12:50 PM

Weight gain is a sign of hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland). So is fatigue and inability to concentrate. Is she doing poorly in school? This could also be a sign.There are a couple of ways to help. The thyroid hormone is dependent on iodine for the body to make it. Most salts are iodized, so adding some extra salt to her diet could do the trick. If this doesn't help, then she may have a more serious disorder that can be treated by taking thyroid hormone. You would have to receive diagnosis from a doctor and he or she would recomment the hormone treatment. ------
   
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Default 12-21-2008, 03:45 AM

Same as in an adult. The"enlarged"you mention is probably goiter. Both my sister and I had them but had different thyroid malfunctions. She has Graves and had to have her thyroid killed. I had Hashimotos (which flucuates between over and under) and had mine removed for cancer.Try gettiang some iodine in your daughter diet - shell fish, iodized salt.The Complete Thyroid Book by M Sara Rosenthal. Good BookLiving Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You... That You Need to Know - good books in this series. ------
   
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