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Anyone have a child with hypothyroid?

My friends 8 year old dd has it and is concerned about her weight, can anything be done at her young age?

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MexTexmom2

Asked by MexTexmom2 at 10:58 AM on May. 5, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • she has what?
    buttonlts

    Answer by buttonlts at 11:04 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • Hypothyroid issues.
    MexTexmom2

    Comment by MexTexmom2 (original poster) at 11:06 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • wow - that's young to have thyroid issues. Is she on medication? Beyond that, just basic nutrition and fitness. My ex has hypothryoidism, but he was in his 30s when diagnosed and never had any weight issues.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 11:21 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • Yes, she is 8 and weighs 96 lbs I have a 6 year old that weighs half of that I think. Ugh! My poor friend.
    MexTexmom2

    Comment by MexTexmom2 (original poster) at 12:28 PM on May. 5, 2011

  • Thats an under active thyroid right? I think they give (older) people medication to speed it up a bit. NOt sure if they do for kids, although her doctor should know all of that.
    minimo77

    Answer by minimo77 at 1:24 PM on May. 5, 2011

  • I became hypo at age 12. The child needs to be on medication, either Armour thyroid or synthroid. Then the blood should be tested several times a year until the right levels are achieved. Then once or twice a year after that. There may be some weight gain at first. This will correct itself once the throid levels are corrected.
    lilangilyn

    Answer by lilangilyn at 9:19 PM on May. 6, 2011

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