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Hyperthyroidism in children. Causes and symptoms

Hyperthyroidism in children. Causes and symptoms


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It is sometimes confused with childhood hyperactivity. They are very active children, who do not stand still. They often suffer from insomnia. However, in the case of hyperthyroidism in children, it is the fault of the thyroid gland, which releases more thyroid hormones than normal, causing the metabolism of the child go faster.

Hyperthyroidism in children it can be due to many causes. Among them, for having received excess iodine, for a situation of stress emotional sudden, due to inflammation of the thyroid or more commonly, by a problem in the immune system, which causes the thyroid gland to produce excess thyroid hormones. This is known as 'Graves' disease.

The truth is that the hyperthyroidism in children it is not very frequent. Very few cases occur before the age of five. Its incidence increases after 11 years. It is also a disease that mainly attacks the girls.

There are factors that increase the risk of the child having hyperthyroidism. Among them, having a family history of hyperthyroidism or have diseases like Diabetes type 1 or celiac disease.

How do I know if my child has hyperthyroidism? These are some of the symptom that can make you suspicious:

- fatigue

- Difficult to focus

- Eye irritation

- Goiter (in some cases)

- Nervousness, restlessness, tremor

- Increased appetite

- Frequent bowel movements (including diarrhea)

There may also be a sudden weightloss and increased sweating and the feeling of hot.

With symptoms like nervousness, the anxiety or insomnia, we may hesitate. Best to rule out hyperthyroidism child, is to perform specific tests on the child. The doctor will measure the blood pressure of the child (in the case of hyperthyroidism, it will be high), will analyze the heart rate, will examine the neck of the child and will send him some blood test specific, which measure the hormones involved in the hyperthyroidism.

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