How do doctors test for hypothyroidism?

The doctor will go over your child’s medical history and do a physical exam. Your child will get a blood test to measure the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroid hormone in blood, and certain antibodies to the thyroid gland.

How do doctors treat hypothyroidism?

The most common treatment is a medication called levothyroxine. This medication replaces the thyroid hormone that your child’s body is not making. The doctor will do regular blood tests to make sure your child is getting the right dose of levothyroxine and adjust the dose accordingly.

What is the outcome of hypothyroidism?

Your child should live a healthy, normal life if he receives levothyroxine replacement and takes his medication correctly.

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