It may be possible to encounter thyroid problems in your baby both in the newborn period and in the following months. Thyroid elevation is one of the most common problems, especially in infants.
In our article, you can find the answers to all your questions about high thyroid hormone levels in babies, how they are treated, and how they are treated.
How is TSH elevation detected in infants?
TSH is a gland that secretes thyroid hormone. It is located in the front of the neck. It is vital for the healthy progress of the brain, nerves and even emotions. Thyroid development is shaped in the womb. If thyroid development in the mother’s womb is disrupted for various reasons and rises, a hyperthyroid problem occurs. Among them;
- Graves’ disease,
- genetic transmission,
- Some drugs used during pregnancy,
- There are some infections.
So, let’s start with the thyroid height issue in the newborn baby. As soon as the baby is born, heel blood is taken to detect such diseases, if any. In this test, besides many diseases, high TSH levels can be detected in the heel blood. If the result of the test is high in newborn TSH, the problem can be treated immediately with this early diagnosis.
The symptoms of high thyroid in babies are generally as follows;
- Growth retardation,
- Lung problems (Nonimmune fetal hydrops),
- advanced bone age,
- Unexpected acceleration in growth as it progresses towards childhood,
- weak muscles,
- moist skin,
What should the TSH value be in babies?
The average TSH value in infancy is around 0.35 and 4.30. This value may vary according to age, but it is between 0-1 years old. If the TSH value is above 4.30 in the blood tests, we can talk about thyroid elevation in the baby.
How to treat high thyroid hormone levels in babies?
In the treatment of thyroid elevation in infants, it is necessary to find out the cause of this elevation. The levels of other hormones, the general physical condition of the baby, and its symptoms are carefully looked at. Then, different treatment methods are applied according to the problem and the level of TSH elevation. TSH-lowering drugs used daily, natural thyroxine hormone supplements, supplements of substances such as iron and calcium that reduce the absorption of thyroid hormone can be used in treatment. Treatment may vary depending on both the severity of the problem and the age of the baby.