Understanding the effects of thyroid conditions in children
It’s a small, butterfly-shaped gland that has powerful effects on the body. The thyroid, located just below the Adam’s apple, is responsible for virtually all metabolic and chemical processes and affects every cell, tissue, and organ. In short: the thyroid gland is essential for life. Should something go wrong with it, a host of complications can ensue.
While thyroid disease most often develops during adulthood, it can occur in infants, children, and teenagers as well. The symptoms of thyroid disease in children may be harder to recognize because many—changes in appetite, sleep patterns, emotions, and energy levels—are also part of normal development during these years. At the offices of The DOCS, we specialize in identifying thyroid conditions in children and teens and can provide the highest quality treatments customized to your child.
A closer look
A healthy thyroid gland makes hormones that control metabolism — the way the body breaks down food and uses or stores the energy. Your child’s thyroid function affects their growth and development. When the gland isn’t functioning properly, it can be indicative of several conditions including:
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By The DOCS
June 10, 2019
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