The inner workings of our bodies often escape us. We can move throughout the day without considering the involuntary actions of the organs that keep our bodies going. Only when we become sick or notice a change in our bodies do we question the inner workings of our body. The challenge of diagnosing symptoms when we feel ill is that the cause of our ailments lies beneath the skin. It can be even more frustrating when trying to help our children who may not be able to communicate their symptoms as clearly as adults can. Read on to discover if the thyroid could be behind symptoms you have noticed in your child.
Common Thyroid Problems
The thyroid is a gland located in the front of your neck, and at its regular size, you cannot feel it. The thyroid secretes several hormones that regulate metabolism, growth, and body temperature. The proper secretion of thyroid hormones is especially pertinent for children for their role in development. Be aware of the following symptoms so that you can treat your child quickly.
Hypothyroidism is a low production of the thyroid hormone. It can be brought on by autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and is also common when present in family members. Symptoms include: Fatigue Constipation *Slow growth
Hyperthyroidism is an excessive production of the thyroid hormone. Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder, is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. It is a disease which attacks the immune system and causes the thyroid to overproduce hormones. Symptoms include:
- Inability to gain weight on a healthy diet
- Irregular heartbeat
- Trouble concentrating in school
Treatment for Thyroid Problems
If you believe your child is displaying signs of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, it is best to contact a pediatric otolaryngology office and schedule and appointment. To learn more about pediatric otolaryngology, contact us at (208) 367-3320 today.