Hypothyroidism in children

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Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid does not make enough thyroid hormones. Find out how to diagnose and treat hypothyroidism.

Key points:

  • The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that makes thyroid hormones.
  • Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid does not make enough thyroid hormone.
  • Thyroid hormones help the body and brain work properly.
  • Anyone can develop hypothyroidism.
  • A simple blood test can be used to diagnose hypothyroidism.
  • All babies in Canada are tested for hypothyroidism as part of the newborn screening program.
  • A daily pill can be used to treat hypothyroidism.
Last updated: August 17th 2015