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What Does Hyperthyroidism in Children Look Like?

By    |   Monday, 02 May 2016 08:27 PM

Hyperthyroidism in children can appear in many different ways. Symptoms and treatment vary from child to child, but poor school performance, irritability, weight loss, and increased appetite may signal thyroid problems in kids.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland controls many functions of the body including metabolism, heart rate, and body temperature.

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In children, the thyroid hormone affects a variety of tissues and cells throughout the body and also is responsible for physical and mental growth. According to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, hyperthyroidism in children is most often seen in adolescent girls.

The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in children is Grave's Disease. According to researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, this disease more difficult to diagnose in children due to their normal increased activity.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism in children, according to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, are increased anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. A child's complaints of being "hot" all the time or perspiring more than normal may also point to hyperthyroidism.

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One serious but not immediate repercussion of hyperthyroidism in children is that osteoporosis can occur since the excess thyroid hormone prevents the body from absorbing the necessary calcium to keep bones strong, says Boston Children's Hospital.

Another more severe symptom of hyperthyroidism in children is a rapid heart rate, which could lead to congestive heart failure, says Boston Children’s Hospital. Rapid heart rate accompanied by high fever could indicate thyrotoxic crisis, or what is known as a "thyroid storm," in which case it is advised that parents take their child immediately for medical care.

Watchful and proper treatment of hyperthyroidism in children can decrease the risk of these severe conditions.

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