Thyroid Disorders

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland located in the lower front of the neck. Its job is to make thyroid hormones which are carried to every tissue in the body. These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism. In children, it plays a critical role in height gain and brain development.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid):

  • Fatigue

  • Weight gain

  • Poor height gain

  • Dry skin

  • Constipation

  • Sensitivity to cold

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid):

  • Irritability

  • Nervousness

  • Weight loss

  • Tremors

  • Frequent bowel movements

  • Heat sensitivity