An underactive thyroid gland may cause:

• Inability to concentrate
• Forgetfulness
• Foggy thinking
• Extremely crabby, irritable,
intolerant of others
• Low body temperature
• Major anxiety/worry
•Less stamina / energy than others
• Long recovery period after any activity
• Often feeling cold
• Constipation / hard stools
• Raised temperature
• Allergies (which can also be a result of low
cortisol–common with hypothyroid patients)
• Poor Handwriting
•Slurred speech
• Broken/peeling fingernails
• Dry Hair and skin
• Tired in the afternoon
• Sleep Apnea (assoc. w/ low cortisol)
• Lactose Intolerance
• Inability to eat in the mornings
• Poor Appetite
• Dizziness from fluid on the inner ear
• Headaches and Migraines
• Colitis
• irritable bowel syndrome
• Painful bladder
• Acne on face and in hair
• Breakout on chest and arms
• Hives
• Exhaustion in every dimension–physical,
mental, spiritual, emotional
• Inability to stand on feet for long periods
• Complete lack of motivation
• Cold hands and feet
• High or rising cholesterol
• Plaque buildup
• Internal itching of ears
• Ringing in ears

Children tend to show fewer symptoms
than adults.
Chances are the last time you wished you were a fly on
the wall, it was about something slightly more tantalizing
than a conversation between two mom friends about their
children's thyroids.

BUT... if you're the parent to a child with some of the
symptoms on the list to the right, this blog may potentially
result in some of your more productive eavesdropping.

So please, read on as my joint blogger and I present
excerpts from our discussions which led to dramatic
improvements in Caroline's functioning
this past week.
June 18, 2012:

Rebecca F (Caroline's mom):  Can we talk thyroid?  It's STILL on my list….
Caroline meets every symptom….  low energy, can’t concentrate or focus for
long, dry & peeling skin, nails, hair…. low cortisol, anxiety, the list goes on...

Rebecca C:  Sure, have you done labs?

RF:  Yep, but it was December 2010.  Doc told me it was fine, but I know -
commonly misread.

RC:  Do you still have it?  We could look and it and see if it really is fine?  I’ve
read the percentage of ASD kids with hypothyroidism is as high as 80% and
from running forums and looking at hundreds of thyroid labs for ASD kids, I
would say it's even higher.

RF:  That is crazy high.  Seems like everyone I talk to who's treated it says their
kids benefit.  I'll send the labs later today.  Thank you!!


RC: Cutler says any child with a TSH of over 1.5 should be treated, her TSH is
2.6.  Her Free T3 is low at 3.3, should be in the upper third of the reference
range, at a minimum of 4.9.

She's hypo.  Thyroid controls appetite, immunity, digestion, elimination, sleep,
just about everything.  Most critical is that if hypothyroidism goes untreated in
young children it causes loss of IQ points and can cause all kinds of learning
disabilities. So it is critical that if a problem is found, treatment is initiated.

There is a saying
"Fix your thyroid, fix your life."

RF:  Yes, I know that saying! Ok, so I need to do A LOT more than the 1 cap of
Nutrimeds porcine thyroid I give her in the morning.  Arrrrgh.  I imagine this is
why she needs so much

RC: Savannah’s TSH was 1.3, very nice. She had the exact same Free T3 of
3.3 that Caroline did.  Armour gave us a nice little push toward recovery.  Yes,
it is why she needs so much ACE

RF:  Re-reading STTM [STOP THE THYROID MADNESS] while watching SYTYCD [SO
... I think I've got my S- acronyms covered for the
evening, whatcha doin'?

RC:  Lol.  Just packing.  Haven't seen that show.

RF:  After all the hype on Facebook, I figured it was about time I Tivo it.

RC:  Well let me know what I'm missing!  

“Body temperature is also an indication of thyroid function. Low body
temperatures are an indicator that the thyroid is under performing and
treatment may be needed.

The best time to take a child’s temperature is first thing in the morning. If
possible it can even be done before waking the child.  This is done using a
glass (mercury free) thermometer, either orally or axillary  (under the arm) for
10 minutes.  

Optimal basal body temperatures range between  97.5-98.2 F.  If temperature
is 97.4 F or less, it indicates hypothyroid disorder. If it is difficult to obtain
morning basal temperatures, you can chart your child’s average daily
temperatures instead. Optimal daily average temperatures are 98.6 F.”  (1)

RF:  Yes, I need to do better w/ the temps:)  I'll get the book out.  I think I'll have
plenty of time - this show is perfect for multitasking.  I’ve tried to get temps
before -- I even had a notebook where I recorded them, but just could not get
anything meaningful.  

RC:  If you can get one basal temp, before she gets out of bed, that's really all
that's needed. I know, very hard to do.

RF: You got that right.  But I will try!  

June 19, 2012:

RF:  Temps were all over the place again.  This is about where I gave up over a
year ago.  I'm thinking we should treat based on symptoms and Dr. Usman is ok
with that too.

Is this the med you mentioned?  
THIROYD: Natural Desiccated Thyroid Extract

RC:  Yes, that is what I got and probably by the same seller, he is really great.

RF:  Awesome. We're redo-ing labs too before starting.

RC:  That'll be good for reference. The tests you want for thyroid functioning
are: the TSH, Free T3, Free T4 and thyroid antibodies.  Double check with the
lab that these are the values being tested because they frequently get them
wrong and then the blood draw has to be repeated  :(

Once you get the test back use the
Lab Corp Pediatric reference ranges
because the reference ranges that the labs give you are often for adults and
children need higher levels of Free T3 for adequate brain development.

You want the Free T3 in the upper 1/3 of the appropriate age reference range
and the Free T4 at least in the upper 50%.

RF: THANK YOU!!   Will place the order, get the labs and stop the thyroid


And then we took a break from all things thyroid to go about our lives.

Rebecca and Savannah jetted off New York City. While Rebecca and Caroline
spent a weekend in die-off-ville tackling a yeast flare.  Recovery has it's perks.

June 23, 2012:

RF:  How’s NY?      

RC:  Having a great time, it’s very hot here but we have managed to take in a
musical, go shopping and she loved the Central Park Zoo.

It's our second year in New York, she was wildly excited to come, but I think she
may be starting to miss her friends.  She must be afraid she's missing
something at home because she is texting them every time I turn around. She is
almost a teenager!

RF:  Jealous!  And wow.  Can't begin to imagine Caroline as teenager.  What a
difference 6 years makes.

RC:  You can say that again.  What are you up to?

RF:  One guess.

RC:  Ummm.  Fishing?

RF:  Uh Huh.  Lots 'o fun. Making new fishing friends and she finally saw a fish
caught today!  I'm officially a fisher-mom.  I have a pole in the back of my SUV
at all times.  But, if you see her face light up when she's got the line in the
water, it's worth it!   Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

June 25, 2012:

RF: Thyroid medicine arrived today!  How much should I give?

RC: It's one grain (60 mgs).  I would start with 1/2 tablet, in the morning on an
empty stomach, 20 minutes before she eats.   Or you can even give it to her
before she goes to bed, on an empty stomach or 2 hours before she eats.

Just have her chew up the tablets, it tastes pretty good, hopefully she will.  

RF: Thank you! Will do half, in the morning, first thing!   Nothing better than
anticipatory excitement over a new biomed treatment. :)

RC:  We’ll see!  And 1/2 grain may be all she needs but I doubt it. They like that
TSH under 1 to avoid any issues with autoimmune thyroid.  We will need to get
labs drawn in about 6 weeks to see where her levels are and determine if she
needs a dose increase.

RF:  Will do.  And have I told you how grateful I am?   Honestly,  I had read
about thyroid so many times before, but was still confused and couldn't
determine if it was truly ok or needed attention, so I just gave up.

Now, of course, feel like I dropped the ball.  I wonder how many other parents
fall into the same category.  Will definitely blog about it if it helps her!  I really
owe you big.

June 26, 2012:

RF:  Caroline is doing soooo well!  Her eye contact is better and she’s more
interested in playing with toys… subtle. but there.  She’s still somewhat foggy
though.  I should not increase until after the next test?  

RC:  Good signs.  No increase yet.  Keep it steady unless you see a worsening
of the hypo symptoms and then we raise. It takes about 4-6 weeks at a good
dose to really see the effect.


June 27, 2012:

RF:  Wow! Caroline is reading better and has more focus and better eye
contact. Hands down.

I haven't changed anything else.  Forget the six years... what a difference
a day makes! Thank you (again, again!)

RC:  There's the blog title...What a difference a THYROID makes!  It should
only get better from here!!!!


June 28, 2012:

RC: How’s Caroline?

RF:  According to her OT this morning, much more calm and focused.   
According to me, even better than yesterday!!  This is day 3.  She is finding
things to keep herself busy, reading, even singing!  Definite and noticeable
improvement.   Absolutely more energy.  She bounds up to the door when we
go somewhere, instead of me pulling her along.  Also, she needs less ACE.  
You were right!

I can’t believe I let this go for so long, I should have forced myself to look into it
more, sooner.  Thank you for helping me realize it wasn’t as hard as I thought.  

And now I see why so many people say they see improvement, the changes are
obvious.  Oh -- and she had a playdate and her anxiety was zero.  It was
amazing to see.

RC:  Excellent!!  What great news!  It's always nice to have enough Free T3
floating around so you can think properly.

I have been hearing lately of huge improvements with Armour so will continue to
hope for the best.  Here it brought better attention, energy, an end to
intermittent constipation and her dry skin and hair got better. The thyroid
controls so many body processes, including digestion and calcium balance.

RF:  Digestion improvement, that would be fabulous!!

June 30, 2012:

RF:  Caroline is thriving!  She's making new connections, seems more aware
and genuinely calm!  Ahhhhh.  It's as if she has a whole new understanding of
what's happening around her and just "gets it."  She's going with the flow so
much more than she ever did before.  

Tonight, she set down her fishing pole for her second favorite pastime ---
watching fireworks.  Give the girl a thunderous show of lights, let her stay up
past her bedtime and she's in heaven.  To a 6 year old, I guess that's what
summer is all about.

RC:  That's incredible.  I couldn't be happier.  And you'll be glad to know, things
really don't change a lot between age 6 and age 12. Replace the fishing pole
with a telephone AND being able to stay up as late as you want and even to a
12 year old....that's still what summer is all about.

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