What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which an individual’s thyroid gland does not produce enough specific, important hormones. This condition upsets the normal balance of chemical reactions in the body, and if left untreated, can cause a number of health issues such as obesity, infertility, joint pain, and heart problems.
What causes this condition?
There are a number of causes for this condition. Some of these include autoimmune diseases, radiation therapy, thyroid surgery or undergoing medications.
What are some symptoms associated with this condition?
There are various signs and symptoms related to hypothyroidism and they tend to develop slowly over a number of years. Symptoms may include: sluggishness, fatigue, increased cold sensitivity, constipation, pale and dry skin, puffy face, hoarse voice, unexplained weight gain, muscle aches, and depression.
How can I help treat my child’s condition?
Standard treatment for hypothyroidism involves daily use of a synthetic thyroid hormone prescribed and monitored by a physician. A mental health professional and nutritionist may also be helpful in addressing your child’s psychological issues and dietary needs.
Our approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy
At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, we offer a variety of services that are beneficial for people with hypothyroidism. Our registered dietitian will work with your child to create healthy eating patterns in order to maintain a healthy weight and adequate nutrition. Our licensed professional counselor can also help your child work through the psychological issues that may be associated with hypothyroidism.