My daughter 13.4 just diagnosed with hypothyroidism..

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I am a bit confused as all discussions suggest that kids with this are small in stature. She is quite the opposite being 5ft 101/2 and still growing.

Any knowledge on this would be appreciated

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    So children who develop hypothyroidism early on do get all sorts of growing and devlopemntal issues, if the hypothyroidism is severe. 

    Your daughter mostlikely has only developed it recently which is why it hasnt affected her growth.

    Do you know what her FT4 and TSH levels were?

    Is it bad enough to warrant levothyroxine?

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    Hi thanks for the quick reply. The doctor sent all info to the paediatrician so I don’t have details. Her levels were normal a year ago. 
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    Hi Alana, since it's likely your daughter's condition developed recently, it's important to consider triggers, as thyroidxdisease is autoimmune and leads to a myriad of illnesses. Thyroid can be triggered by chemical exposure, particularly mercury and bromine, as well as radiation. Chlorine is also suspected of contributing to thyroid disease. Stress also plays a role. It's possible a severe  microbial infection could also trigger or contribute to thyroid disease.  It is also believed that beck injuries, such as whiplash can trigger hypothyroidism. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies also contribute to thyroid disease. Magnesium deficiency in particular can mimick thyroid symptoms.

    A strict glutenfree diet can be very helpful in curbing the autoimmune disease that causes hypothyroidism. Also a paleo style diet provides good nutritiin and sufficient protein. 

    Thyroid disease is often accompanied by gut problems, neck pain as well as other symptoms. The gut problems can contribute to malnutrition and deficiencies, so good quality multivitamin and mineral supplements go a long way. 

    Young athletes may have particular needs, so this is something to keep in mind.

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