anyone have babies with thyroid problems?

Mary - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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the pediatrician i've been seeing noticed she had very high TSH levels, they were up to 7.35 whereas the normal range is 0-5.1 They dropped down to 6.87 this last visit.. but i'm wondering if her huge appetite is due to the thyroid levels. she only weighs 21 pounds 12 ounces.her weight is normal lol she only gained a few ounces since november and she drinks about 50 60 ounces per day of homogenized milk as well as solid food.. and anything she can get her hands on.. is this normal?

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Tricia - posted on 07/15/2009

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My daughter is 16mths and has hypothyroid or high TSH levels. I was also told that I have hypothyroid. Which confused me because I keep gaining weight and my daughter doesn't gain weight. My endocrinologist told me it works the opposite in infants compared to adults. An infant will have a low weight gain and development delays because of their metabolism being active. In an adult the metabolism is slower so we gain weight.

User - posted on 02/02/2009

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Appetite and thyroid are related, but usually in the opposite way then what you're describing.  High TSH is usually indicative of an underactive thyroid (hypOthyroidism) which is usually charactarized by weigh gain and a small appetite.  This is because your metabolism is slowed down.  On the other hand, low TSH and an overactive thyroid (hypERthyroidism) are charactarized by weight loss or the inability to gain weight and big appetite (because the metabolism is sped up).  Keep in mind that my knowledge is only based on what I know about adults (since I have thyroid problems myself).  There are other less common conditions (other than hyper and hypothyroidism) that can cause TSH levels to be high that could have different symptoms then what I'm describing, so I would suggest seeing an endocrinologist.



An endocrinologist specializes in the endocrine system which includes the thyroid.

Mary - posted on 02/02/2009

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ok this is the part where i get confused.. her appetite is not due to her thyroid?

what does an endocrinologist do?

that was my concern when i took her in.. she eats like no tomorrow and all day go go go baby!! lol

User - posted on 02/01/2009

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A high TSH levels actually means an underactive thyroid.  Hunger/huge appetite is usually on the opposite end of the scale with hyperthyroidism (or low TSH levels).  Has the pediatrician recommended a visit to the endocrinologist?

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