This information has been produced by the British Thyroid Foundation and is for parents and carers
It aims to give you the information and support you need to help your child through diagnosis and treatment to get better.
We include factual information that will help you to understand more about your child’s condition. There is practical guidance to help you get the best possible care - and advice about what to do if you are unhappy with this care. There is also advice on how you can support your child and where you can get additional help if you need it. Medical terms can be hard to understand, so we’ve included definitions to help explain the ones you are most likely to come across.
Our very special thanks go to the parents and, in particular, the children, who have shared their experiences with us. Their bravery in the face of dealing with a chronic medical condition at such an early age has touched all of us.
Professor Peter Hindmarsh from the London Centre for Paediatric Endocrinology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children:
'Thyroid conditions in children are not common and this can mean it can take time to get a correct diagnosis for your child. The good news is that all thyroid conditions can be treated and with the right medication or intervention, your child will get better. In nearly all cases, children with thyroid conditions live healthy and active lives.
I have worked closely with the British Thyroid Foundation for many years, and I’m delighted to endorse this information. I hope it will help you to understand your child’s thyroid condition and reassure you about any fears that you may have.'
Our thanks to the following: