What causes thyroid problems in newborns?
Hypothyroidism in the newborn may be caused by: A missing or poorly developed thyroid gland. A pituitary gland that does not stimulate the thyroid gland. Thyroid hormones that are poorly formed or do not work.
How can you tell if your baby has a thyroid problem?
- yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.
- poor feeding.
- cold skin.
- decreased crying.
- loud breathing.
- sleeping more often/decreased activity.
- larger soft spot on the head.
How does thyroid disease affect babies?
Untreated thyroid conditions during pregnancy are linked to serious problems, including premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. If your thyroid condition is treated during pregnancy, you can have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
What is effect on baby if mother is hyperthyroidism?
Uncontrolled hyperthyroidism has many effects. It may lead to preterm birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and low birth weight for the baby. Some studies have shown an increase in pregnancy-induced hypertension (high blood pressure of pregnancy) in women with hyperthyroidism.
How long do newborn screening results take?
It takes about three weeks for your doctor to receive your baby’s results. If your baby needs more testing, you will be notified by phone or letter in a few days after your baby’s blood spot is collected.
What causes high thyroid levels in newborns?
Hyperthyroidism is increased production of thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism in the newborn is usually caused by Graves disease in the mother. Symptoms include irritability, rapid heart rate, bulging eyes, and delayed weight gain. The diagnosis is based on thyroid function tests.
What age do thyroid problems start?
The disease is hereditary and may develop at any age in men or women, but it’s much more common in women ages 20 to 30, according to the Department of Health and Human Services .
Is thyroid disease curable?
All thyroid diseases can be treated, resulting in normal thyroid function. However, this frequently requires being on medication to maintain the normal thyroid state. For example, most patients with thyroid cancer can be cured through surgery and radioactive iodine treatments (see Thyroid Cancer brochure).