Well, if you’ve been following my weekly updates, you’ll know that my new baby was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. This was quite a shock at first, but I’m feeling much more sanguine about the situation now that I have talked to the endocrinologist and know that his meds are working.
A functional thyroid is necessary for brain development in the first 3 years of life, and babies with hypothyroidism can end up with varying levels of intelectual/developmental disability. Of course, I would like to do some research on the subject, and what would you expect me to do but look up some books?
Sadly, there really isn’t very much out there about pediatric hypothyroidism. Here’s the obvious choice:
These seem to be aimed at doctors, of course. Any other readers out there who want to find information about a medical condition, but finding it difficult?
2 thoughts on “Thyroid Awareness Month”
I’m so sorry to hear that, Rachel. It’s good that you got a diagnosis and medication that is working. Sounds as if he is in good hands, so I hope he continues in good health from here on! I agree, finding medical information can be frustrating. There’s so much online that’s unreliable or contradictory, and books can be scarce. I’ve found medical journals often have good information (found through Google Scholar or library subscriptions), although again they’re aimed at doctors and academics, so they’re not always helpful for the general reader. My first port of call for any specialised search like this is a good professional librarian, if you’re lucky enough to have one in your area. I find it’s often amazing what they can come up with. Best wishes to you and your baby.
Thanks for the thoughts Andrew! Happily, the MN Department of Health has come through and sent me a nice packet of information on the subject. Hopefully I can read through it this week.