Congenital Hypothyroidism usually results when a baby is born without a thyroid gland, but there are many other causes of this disorder. Congenital Hypothyroidism is treated the same as hypothyroidism, with thyroid replacement hormone, Levothyroxine. It is crucial for these babies to be diagnosed within a few days of birth by a newborn screening (heel prick) test as any delay can lead to loss of IQ. As babies grow, monitoring is necessary to adjust Levothyroxine dosage and to monitor growth and development. Ensuring Pathology tests are performed in the correct manner at essential.
Children who have been diagnosed with Congenital Hypothyroidism are treated by a Paediatric Endocrinologist with regular monitoring and testing through their developing years.
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The mission of The Australian Thyroid Foundation Ltd (ATF) is to offer support, information and education to members and their families through the many services provided by The ATF and raise awareness about health consequences of iodine deficiency and the benefits of good thyroid health.